Adjective "denigrating" definition and examples

(Denigrating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈdɛnɪɡreɪt/

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Definitions and examples

verb

Criticize unfairly; disparage.
  1. 'Their obvious unfettered delight in denigrating these two prominent citizens made me feel sick.'
  2. 'It's just that we as critics have tended to stand apart and denigrate the content.'
  3. 'But tables like this do not take account of the fact that some of our children are getting double what they have been predicted to achieve, and it upsets me because this denigrates their achievement.'
  4. 'These critics claim he denigrates the ‘real’ moral values of Sri Lankan rural life.'
  5. 'They insult their opponents, they denigrate their arguments and they offer few facts.'
  6. 'Recent ‘throw-away’ comments by the institute denigrating A-level standards have angered teachers.'
  7. 'When it was published I found that my methods were denigrated by critics who were not sympathetic to my findings.'
  8. 'But denigrating weblogs because they're introspective is like declaring the bicycle pointless because we have oil tankers.'
  9. 'On Wednesday, an anonymous source sent a bundle of articles to the camp denigrating the peace advocates.'
  10. 'I wouldn't for a moment wish to decry or denigrate the very real achievements made by disabled people.'

More definitions

1. to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame: to denigrate someone's character.

2. to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance; belittle; disparage: to denigrate someone's contributions to a project.

3. to make black; blacken: rain clouds denigrating the sky.

More examples(as adjective)

"wines can be denigrating."

"ways can be denigrating."

"remarks can be denigrating."

"quotes can be denigrating."

"phrases can be denigrating."

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Origin

(denigrate)Late Middle English (in the sense ‘blacken, make dark’): from Latin denigrat- ‘blackened’, from the verb denigrare, from de- ‘away, completely’ + nigrare (from niger ‘black’).