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English definition of “denigrate”

denigrate

verb [T] uk   /ˈden.ɪ.ɡreɪt/ us  
to say that someone or something is not good or important: You shouldn't denigrate people just because they have different beliefs from you.Treating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
denigration
noun [U] uk   /ˌden.ɪˈɡreɪ.ʃən/ us  
Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badlyTreating as unimportantNeglecting and ignoringNot paying attention
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