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    Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Can 'denigrate' be used for thinking lowly of oneself. Or should it be used for thinking lowly of other people?

    For example, "He denigrates himself because he is suffering from inferiority complex."

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Yes.

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Can 'denigrate' be used for thinking lowly of oneself. Or should it be used for thinking lowly of other people?

    For example, "He denigrates himself because he is suffering from (an) inferiority complex."
    Thanks, Rover.

    I wonder whether 'an' is needed after 'inferiority complex.'

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I wonder whether 'an' is needed after before 'inferiority complex.'
    I always use 'an'.

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Bear in mind that the inferiority complex would have to be extreme (pathological) for 'denigrate' to be the right word; it would involve saying (and believing) 'I am useless/a waste of space/a blot on the landscape/wicked/evil...' - 'denigration' is seriously blackening something. People who tend to 'talk themselves down'/'belittle themselves'/depreciate/under-value [exact English 'translation' of the Latinate 'depreciate' (Latin pretium = 'price')] themselves ... usually don't go so far as to denigrate themselves.



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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    May I suggest a better word could be deprecate. We tend to denigrate others, not ourselves.

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    not a teacher

    "Denigrate" is not used for 'thinking' of anything. Denigrate describes written or verbal communication.

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    Re: not a teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by Vidor View Post
    "Denigrate" is not used for 'thinking' of anything. Denigrate describes written or verbal communication.
    Denigrate is a verb. Of course we can use it in thought as presumably you have done here. You might be thinking - he deserves to be denigrated.

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    May I suggest a better word could be deprecate. We tend to denigrate others, not ourselves.
    It's a good idea to be aware of the difference between Definition of deprecate verb (NOT APPROVE) from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus and Definition of depreciate verb from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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    Re: Is 'denigrate' used for thinking lowly of oneself?

    Deprecate - to regret deeply; to argue or protest against; to express disapproval of; to disparage.
    Chambers.

    Depreciate - to lower the worth of; to undervalue.
    Chambers

    I used deprecate knowingly as that seemed to me to better fit the circumstances.

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