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denigrate

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Definition to belittle (say someone or something is unimportant) — usually unfairly
  • The trick is to offer constructive criticism without denigrating their efforts.
denigrating = to belittle (say someone or something is unimportant) — usually unfairly
  • The rapes are part of the general denigration and humiliation of Central Americans in Mexico,
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • denigration = to belittle (say someone or something is unimportant) — usually unfairly
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Nor is Burgess using Alex to denigrate or mock Jesus.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • "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
  • 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
  • I did not denigrate it.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • 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
  • Climbers who snidely denigrate this as the Yak Route, I decided, had obviously never been through the Khumbu Icefall.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Not to denigrate your police labs, Lieutenant, but mine might prove a shade more sophisticated.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • 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
  • That's self-denigrating, isn't it?
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • I'm not denigrating my skills.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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?
  • A video denigrating Mohammed had appeared on an Iranian web service and had quickly spread, sparking rioting in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    Matthew Mather  --  Cyberstorm
  • "No," said Jess, "I mean, maybe it's just a gesture that's supposed to denigrate whatever Harold does."
    Jane Smiley  --  A Thousand Acres
  • 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
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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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