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English verb: denigrate

1. denigrate (communication) cause to seem less serious; play down


SamplesDon't belittle his influence.


Synonymsbelittle, derogate, minimize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)belittle, disparage, pick at


Narrower (hyponym)talk down

2. denigrate (communication) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone


SamplesThe journalists have defamed me!.
The article in the paper sullied my reputation.


Synonymsasperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, slander, smear, smirch, sully


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge


Narrower (hyponym)assassinate, badmouth, drag through the mud, libel, malign, traduce









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