Definition of disparage
disparagementplay \-ij-mənt\ noun
disparaginglyplay \-ij-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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Examples of disparage in a sentence
Voters don't like political advertisements in which opponents disparage one another.
It's a mistake to disparage their achievements.
The article disparaged polo as a game for the wealthy.
Recent Examples of disparage from the web
The bloc’s leaders met as anxieties mounted about President Trump’s comments disparaging the European Union.
Mr. Putin annexed Crimea and armed rebels in eastern Ukraine, prompting Western economic sanctions, which Mr. Trump has disparaged.
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks.
Mr. McNealy long disparaged Linux, before making a late-stage conversion that did not save his company.
Someone explained that the reference could be interpreted as disparaging to the restaurant.
Not only that, Watson can determine a particular writer's tendencies to praise or disparage a particular player.
The General Muir Atlanta, GA Not to disparage Atlanta’s long-standing Jewish delis, but the General Muir, which opened in early 2013, has been a blessing for both locals and homesick New Yorkers.
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Did You Know?
In Middle English, to disparage someone meant causing that person to marry someone of inferior rank. Disparage derives from the Anglo-French word desparager, meaning "to marry below one's class." Desparager, in turn, combines the negative prefix des- with parage ("equality" or "lineage"), which itself comes from per, meaning "peer." The original "marriage" sense of disparage is now obsolete, but a closely-related sense ("to lower in rank or reputation") survives in modern English. By the 16th century, English speakers (including Shakespeare) were also using disparage to mean simply "to belittle."
Origin and Etymology 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
DISPARAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disparage for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc.
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