"denigrated" in the verb sense
1. minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogate
cause to seem less serious play down
"Don't belittle his influence"
2. defame, slander, smirch, asperse, denigrate, calumniate, smear, sully, besmirch
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"
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