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DENIGRATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does denigrate mean? 

DENIGRATE (verb)
  The verb DENIGRATE has 2 senses:

1. cause to seem less serious; play down
2. charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

  Familiarity information: DENIGRATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DENIGRATE (verb)


Sense 1denigrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to seem less serious; play down

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

belittle; denigrate; derogate; minimize

Context example:

Don't belittle his influence

Hypernyms (to "denigrate" is one way to...):

belittle; disparage; pick at (express a negative opinion of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "denigrate"):

talk down (belittle through talk)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2denigrate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

asperse; besmirch; calumniate; defame; slander; denigrate; smirch; sully; smear

Context examples:

The journalists have defamed me! / The article in the paper sullied my reputation

Hypernyms (to "denigrate" is one way to...):

accuse; charge (blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "denigrate"):

assassinate (destroy or damage seriously, as of someone's reputation)

libel (print slanderous statements against)

badmouth; drag through the mud; malign; traduce (speak unfavorably about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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