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den·i·grate / ˈdeniˌgrāt/ • v. [tr.] criticize unfairly; disparage: there is a tendency to denigrate the poor. DERIVATIVES: den·i·gra·tion / ˌdeniˈgrāshən/ n. den·i·gra·tor / -ˌgrātər/ n. den·i·gra·to·ry / -grəˌtôrē/ adj.

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denigrate blacken, lit. and fig. XVI. — pp. stem of L. dēnigrāre, f. DE- 3 + nigrāre, f. niger, nigr- black; see -ATE 3.
So denigration XV.