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 for denigrate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Denigrate \Den"i*grate\, v. t. [L. denigrare; de- + nigrare to
     blacken, niger black.]
     1. To blacken thoroughly; to make very black. --Boyle.
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     2. Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame. [R.]
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              To denigrate the memory of Voltaire.  --Morley.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his
           influence" [syn: minimize, belittle, denigrate,
      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, denigrate,
         calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "denigrate":
     asperse, bedarken, besmirch, bespatter, black, blacken, blackwash,
     blot, blotch, call names, calumniate, charcoal, cork, darken,
     defame, defile, deprecate, depreciate, despise, dinge, discommend,
     disdain, disparage, dispraise, disvalue, ebonize,
     engage in personalities, heap dirt upon, hold in contempt, ink,
     libel, melanize, muckrake, murk, nigrify, oversmoke, put down,
     revile, ridicule, scandalize, shade, shadow, slander, smear,
     smirch, smoke, smudge, smut, smutch, soil, soot, stigmatize, sully,
     tarnish, tear down, throw mud at, traduce, vilify

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