verb dis·par·age \di-ˈsper-ij, -ˈspa-rij\

: to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc.


Full Definition of DISPARAGE

transitive verb
:  to lower in rank or reputation :  degrade
:  to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) :  speak slightingly about
dis·par·age·ment \-ij-mənt\ noun
dis·par·ag·er noun
dis·par·ag·ing adjective
dis·par·ag·ing·ly \-ij-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of DISPARAGE

  1. Voters don't like political advertisements in which opponents disparage one another.
  2. It's a mistake to disparage their achievements.
  3. The article disparaged polo as a game for the wealthy.


Middle English, to degrade by marriage below one's class, disparage, from Anglo-French desparager to marry below one's class, from des- dis- + parage equality, lineage, from per peer
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DISPARAGE

decry, depreciate, disparage, belittle mean to express a low opinion of. decry implies open condemnation with intent to discredit <decried their defeatist attitude>. depreciate implies a representing as being of less value than commonly believed <critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental>. disparage implies depreciation by indirect means such as slighting or invidious comparison <disparaged polo as a game for the rich>. belittle usually suggests a contemptuous or envious attitude <belittled the achievements of others>.

Rhymes with DISPARAGE

DISPARAGE Defined for Kids


verb dis·par·age \di-ˈsper-ij\

Definition of DISPARAGE for Kids

:  to speak of as unimportant or bad :  belittle <He disparaged the other team.>
dis·par·age·ment \-mənt\ noun


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