denigrate-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: Charge falsely or with malicious intent, possibly with the result of making something seem less legitimate or serious.

Don't denigrate his influence on this court decision.
The article in the paper denigrated my reputation.
The journalists have denigrated me!
We should not denigrate our neighbors.

VerbNet: judgement-33.1-1
FrameNet: Judgment_communication
PropBank: NP
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2