Den·i·grate v. t.
1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. [R.]
To denigrate the memory of Voltaire. --Morley.
v 1: belittle; "Don't belittle his influence" [syn: minimize, belittle,
2: charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good
name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have
defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my
reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]