Etymology
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denigration (n.)

early 15c., denigracioun, "act of making or becoming black, darkening, discoloration," from Late Latin denigrationem (nominative denigratio), noun of action from past-participle stem of Latin denigrare "to blacken; to defame," from de-"completely" (see de-) + nigr-, stem of niger "black," which is of unknown origin. Figurative sense "blackening of character or reputation" is by 1868.

updated on July 22, 2018

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Definitions of denigration from WordNet

denigration (n.)
a belittling comment;
Synonyms: belittling
denigration (n.)
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name;
denigration (n.)
the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself);
Synonyms: deprecation
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