denigrate
I verb abase, accuse, asperse, attack, attaint, belittle, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, blacken one's good name, blemish, brand, call names, calumniate, cast aspersions, charge, compromise, condemn, criticize, decry, defame, degrade, delate, denounce, depreciate, deride, dishonor, expose, gibbet, give a bad name, humiliate, implicate, incriminate, inculpate, insult, libel, lower, malign, pillory, put in a bad light, put to shame, reflect poorly upon, reproach, reprove, revile, run down, shame, slander, smear, smirch, sneer at, soil, speak ill of, stain, stigmatize, sully, tarnish, taunt, traduce, vilify, vilipend, vituperate II index cavil, censure, condemn (blame), contemn, decry, defame, denounce (condemn), deprecate, depreciate, derogate, discommend, discredit, dishonor (deprive of honor), disoblige, disparage, fault, impeach, libel, malign, pillory, smear, sully, tarnish

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  • Denigrate — is a heavy metal band from Tuusula, Finland, formed in 1996.The band was in a movie project Menolippu Mombasaan in 2002, underthe name No Future Today. This way they came somewhat famousin Finland, but the band members weren t too happy about it… …   Wikipedia

  • Denigrate — Den i*grate, v. t. [L. denigrare; de + nigrare to blacken, niger black.] 1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. [R.] [1913 Webster] To denigrate the memory of Voltaire. Morley …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • denigrate — 1520s, from L. denigratus, pp. of denigrare to blacken, defame, from de completely (see DE (Cf. de )) + nigr , stem of niger black (see NEGRO (Cf. Negro)). of unknown origin. Apparently disused in 18th c. and revived in 19th c. [OED]. Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • denigrate — [v] belittle, malign asperse, bad mouth*, besmirch, blacken, blister, calumniate, decry, defame, dis*, disparage, give black eye*, impugn, knock*, libel, mudsling*, put down*, revile, rip up*, roast*, run down*, scandalize, slander, tear down*,… …   New thesaurus

  • denigrate — ► VERB ▪ criticize unfairly; disparage. DERIVATIVES denigration noun denigrator noun. ORIGIN originally in the sense «blacken, make dark»: from Latin denigrare, from niger black …   English terms dictionary

  • denigrate — [den′ə grāt΄] vt. denigrated, denigrating [< L denigratus, pp. of denigrare, to blacken < de , intens. + nigrare, to blacken < niger, black: see ATE1] 1. to blacken 2. to disparage the character or reputation of; defame denigration n.… …   English World dictionary

  • denigrate — [16] To denigrate people is literally to ‘blacken’ them. The word comes from Latin dēnigrāre ‘blacken’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and niger ‘black’. This adjective, which is of unknown origin, also produced French noir… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • denigrate — [[t]de̱nɪgreɪt[/t]] denigrates, denigrating, denigrated VERB If you denigrate someone or something, you criticize them unfairly or insult them. [V n] The amendment prohibits obscene or indecent materials which denigrate the objects or beliefs of… …   English dictionary

  • denigrate — [16] To denigrate people is literally to ‘blacken’ them. The word comes from Latin dēnigrāre ‘blacken’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix dē and niger ‘black’. This adjective, which is of unknown origin, also produced French noir… …   Word origins

  • denigrate — transitive verb ( grated; grating) Etymology: Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, from de + nigrare to blacken, from nigr , niger black Date: 1526 1. to attack the reputation of ; defame < denigrate o …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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