What does denigrate mean?

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  1. (transitive) To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame.
  2. (transitive) To treat as worthless; belittle, degrade or disparage.
  3. (rare) To blacken.
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Don't browbeat, denigrate, insult or threaten the opposing team.
Wine snobs denigrate aromatic, off-dry whites like this ripe, musky, hot-house grape-stashed muscat, with an intriguing hint of aniseed on the finish.
They insult their opponents, they denigrate their arguments and they offer few facts.
Any discussion of the concept will be used to criticise and denigrate it.
Those who denigrate cinema, dismissing it for its mass appeal, refuse to see film as an art form.
If you make a mistake, you apologise. You do not denigrate someone else to get yourself out of a hole of your own making.

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