denigrate denigrate  /ˈdɛ nə ˌɡreɪt/


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


  1. The Western powers were trying to denigrate the king as he steadfastly refused to give in to their demands for more oil.
  2. It is surprising to see people denigrate their own culture and idolize everything Western.
  3. The rally's main purpose was to denigrate the local politicians and business tycoons.


  1. All US Officers Should Listen To The Australian Army Chief's Brutal Sexual Assault Video Message

    Male members of the Australian army also have a problem with sexual misbehavior, it seems. A report by Elizabeth Broderick in the Sydney Morning Herald outlines how male members of the Australian army are under investigation for producing and distributing " explicit emails and photos that demean and denigrate women."
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Business Insider

  2. Australian Army stands down military personnel over 'explicit' emails

    Top Australian military personnel have been implicated in a scandal over "explicit and repugnant" emails that denigrate women.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: GlobalPost

  3. Power of prayer

    I was very saddened by Terry McDonald’s June 6 letter. (See: “Prayer Failure”) It appeared to have one purpose: To denigrate the purpose and power and worth of prayer.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram


  1. Obama said his former pastor expressed views that "denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike."
    on Mar 18, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Bloomberg

  2. "The title using the 'N' word is morally offensive and socially distasteful. Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said in a news release. "Radio and...
    on Oct 19, 2007 By: Jesse Jackson Source: TIME

  3. "I maintain my innocence, my intentions were never to denigrate cricket or anyone," Hayden said in a statement after the hearing. "But the umpire has made his decision......and in the spirit of cricket I respect and accept the decision."
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Matthew Hayden Source:

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