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Degrade vs. Denigrate

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  • Degrade (verb)

    To lower in value or social position.

    "Fred degrades himself by his behaviour."

  • Degrade (verb)

    To reduce in quality or purity.

    "The DNA sample has degraded."

  • Degrade (verb)

    To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.

  • Denigrate (verb)

    To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.

  • Denigrate (verb)

    To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.

    "You have no right to denigrate people and things that you have no personal experience with."

  • Denigrate (verb)

    To blacken.

Wiktionary
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  • Degrade

    To reduce from a higher to a lower rank or degree; to lower in rank; to deprive of office or dignity; to strip of honors; as, to degrade a nobleman, or a general officer.

  • Degrade

    To reduce in estimation, character, or reputation; to lessen the value of; to lower the physical, moral, or intellectual character of; to debase; to bring shame or contempt upon; to disgrace; as, vice degrades a man.

  • Degrade

    To reduce in altitude or magnitude, as hills and mountains; to wear down.

  • Degrade (verb)

    To degenerate; to pass from a higher to a lower type of structure; as, a family of plants or animals degrades through this or that genus or group of genera.

  • Denigrate

    To blacken thoroughly; to make very black.

  • Denigrate

    Fig.: To blacken or sully; to defame.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Degrade (verb)

    reduce the level of land, as by erosion

  • Degrade (verb)

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally;

    "She tends to put down younger women colleagues"

    "His critics took him down after the lecture"

  • Degrade (verb)

    lower the grade of something; reduce its worth

  • Denigrate (verb)

    belittle;

    "Don't belittle his influence"

  • Denigrate (verb)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet
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