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denigrate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Denigrate  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  denigrate 
  v  1:  belittle;  "Don't  belittle  his  influence"  [syn:  {minimize},  {belittle}, 
  {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"  [syn:  {defame},  {slander},  {smirch},  {asperse}, 
  {calumniate},  {smear},  {sully},  {besmirch}] 




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