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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."
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Tan Elaine; 26-Dec-2010 at 12:22.
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.
May I suggest a better word could be deprecate. We tend to denigrate others, not ourselves.
"Denigrate" is not used for 'thinking' of anything. Denigrate describes written or verbal communication.