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The trick is to offer constructive criticism without denigrating their efforts.
  to belittle (say someone or something is unimportant) — usually unfairly
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  • The trick is to offer constructive criticism without denigrating their efforts.
  • The rapes are part of the general denigration and humiliation of Central Americans in Mexico,
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • From the start the old man had talked to Blomkvist about so many members of his family in a contemptuous and denigrating manner.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I shall not denigrate what we have endured at the Urgals’ hands, but neither shall I ignore potential allies when we are so greatly outnumbered by the Empire.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest

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  • Climbers who snidely denigrate this as the Yak Route, I decided, had obviously never been through the Khumbu Icefall.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Nor is Burgess using Alex to denigrate or mock Jesus.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • That’s self-denigrating, isn’t it?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • I did not denigrate it.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • "She traded me in for a better man," he would say to Mammachi, and she would flinch as though he had denigrated her instead of himself.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • While she was looking at herself in the mirror, excited by her self-denigration, she had a fantasy of Tomas seating her on the toilet in her bowler hat and watching her void her bowels.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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  • Not to denigrate your police labs, Lieutenant, but mine might prove a shade more sophisticated.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • I’m not denigrating my skills.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Not that he was denigrating Herr Naphta’s religious talents—they doubtless exceeded his own—he was merely admitting a lack of envy.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She said, "Our task is to help move them towards mastery of the language at school, in its oral and written form, but to do that in a way where they are not devalued, or where they feel denigrated in any way by virtue of their cultural and linguistic differences."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Settembrini, as a man who formed opinions, would surely have denounced this exhibition as a denigration of humanity, and with honest, classical irony would have castigated the misuse of technology that made such cynical presentations possible—or so Hans Castorp thought, and whispered as much to his cousin.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • By then it had become fashionable among alpine cognoscenti to denigrate Everest as a slag heap"-a peak lacking sufficient technical challenges or aesthetic appeal to be a worthy objective for a "serious" climber, which I desperately aspired to be.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
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