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Besmirch vs. Denigrate — What's the Difference?

Besmirch vs. Denigrate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Besmirch and Denigrate

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Besmirch

Damage (someone's reputation)
He had besmirched the good name of his family
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Denigrate

To attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame
"Speakers before the United States Chamber of Commerce rarely denigrate the businessman as an economic force" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
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Besmirch

Make (something) dirty or discoloured
The ground was besmirched with blood
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Denigrate

To disparage; belittle
The movie critics denigrated the director's latest film.
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Besmirch

To stain; sully
A reputation that was besmirched by slander.
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Denigrate

(transitive) To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.
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Besmirch

To make dirty; soil.
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Denigrate

(transitive) To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.
You have no right to denigrate people and things that you have no personal experience with.
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Besmirch

To make dirty.
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Denigrate

(rare) To blacken.
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Besmirch

(transitive) To tarnish something, especially someone's reputation.
The newspaper was on a campaign to besmirch the actor.
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Denigrate

To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.
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Besmirch

To smirch or soil; to discolor; to obscure. Hence: To dishonor; to sully.
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Denigrate

Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.
To denigrate the memory of Voltaire.
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Besmirch

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
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Denigrate

Belittle;
Don't belittle his influence
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Besmirch

Smear so as to make dirty or stained
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Denigrate

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
Nov 30, 2022

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