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Meaning of DENIGRATE

Pronunciation:  'denu`greyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  belittle; "Don't belittle his influence"

DENIGRATE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: asperse, belittle, besmirch, calumniate, defame, derogate, minimize, slander, smear, smirch, sully
 See Also: accuse, assassinate, badmouth, charge, disparage, drag through the mud, libel, malign, pick at, talk down, traduce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Den"i*grate\, v. t. [L. denigrare; de- + nigrare to
blacken, niger black.]
1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black. --Boyle.

2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. [R.]

         To denigrate the memory of Voltaire.  --Morley.

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