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Meaning & Definition of Denigrate in English

English

Denigrate

/dɛnəgret/

verb

1. Cause to seem less serious

  • Play down
  • "Don't belittle his influence"
    synonym:
  • minimize
  • ,
  • belittle
  • ,
  • denigrate
  • ,
  • derogate

2. Charge falsely or with malicious intent

  • Attack the good name and reputation of someone
  • "The journalists have defamed me!" "the article in the paper sullied my reputation"
    synonym:
  • defame
  • ,
  • slander
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • asperse
  • ,
  • denigrate
  • ,
  • calumniate
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • sully
  • ,
  • besmirch