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disparage

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

Simple Definition of disparage

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

Full Definition of disparage

dis·par·ageddis·par·ag·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lower in rank or reputation :  degrade

  3. 2 :  to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) :  speak slightingly about

dis·par·age·ment play \-ij-mənt\ noun
dis·par·ag·er noun
dis·par·ag·ing adjective
dis·par·ag·ing·ly play \-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.



Origin of disparage

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



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