A Word A Day : Denigrate
Thursday, 24th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb )
Pronunciation : dénni-gràyt
Past and past participle : denigrated
Present participle : denigrating
3rd person present singular : denigrates
1. to attack somebody's character or reputation
2. to disparage or criticize somebody or something, or make something seem unimportant
3. to think, represent or speak of as small or unimportant
In its best-established sense denigrate means attack a reputation
. However, it is now often found in sentences like I don't mean to denigrate the problem
, where its meaning has become closer to disparage or belittle somebody or something
. In this, it is following in the footsteps of deprecate, whose traditional meaning is express condemnation of somebody or something
, but which in self-deprecating has taken on the additional sense of belittle
Denigrate is a heavy metal band from Tuusula, Finland, formed in 1996.
The band was in a movie project Menolippu Mombasaan in 2002, under the name No Future Today. This way they came somewhat famous in Finland, but the band members weren't too happy about it the way.
Warner Music soon published their debut album, Dismal Euphoria, along with the singles, but after that, the record deal was cancelled and the band is now looking for a better deal with some metal-label.
Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black.
befoul, besmear, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, cloud, dirty, smear, smudge, smut, soil, spatter, stain, sully, taint, tarnish, belittle, decry, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, detract, discount, disparage, downgrade, minimize
boost, cherish, compliment, praise
• If you denigrate
a girl in this campus, it will be treated as a cognizant offence.
• The critics have denigrated
• I have noticed throughout several years that The Washington Post loses no opportunity to denigrate
the Catholic church.
• Abusing a small country of eleven million people because of the threat of a good example belittles America and allowing Jesse Helms to determine our foreign policy denigrates
the USA worldwide.
• I couldn't ask for anything better than for America's entertainers to bash their president, denigrate
him, make him seem like an idiot and a self-serving fool.
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