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 denigrate denigrate

verb

  • charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone  ( asperse, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully, calumniate, besmirch )
    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
     The journalists have defamed me!
    The journalists have defamed me!
     The article in the paper sullied my reputation
    The article in the paper sullied my reputation
  • cause to seem less serious; play down  ( belittle, denigrate, derogate, minimize )
    cause to seem less serious; play down
     Don't belittle his influence
    Don't belittle his influence