disparage

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

Definition of disparage

disparaged

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disparaging

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

  3. 2 :  to depreciate (see depreciate 1) by indirect means (as invidious comparison) :  speak slightingly about religious beliefs disparaged as superstition

disparagement

play \-ij-mənt\ noun

disparager

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disparaging

adjective

disparagingly

play \-ij-iŋ-lē\ adverb

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Examples of disparage in a sentence

  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.

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

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.

DISPARAGE Defined for English Language Learners

disparage

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

Definition of disparage for English Language Learners

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


DISPARAGE Defined for Kids

disparage

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verb dis·par·age \di-ˈsper-ij\

Definition of disparage for Students

disparaged

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disparaging

  1. :  to speak of as unimportant or bad :  belittle He disparaged the other team.

disparagement

\-mənt\ noun


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