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
In the apparently apocryphal remarks, the emir praised Iran and Hezbollah (but also Israel?) and disparaged the United States.
Because of Trump's openly disparaging comments about HBCUs and lack of follow through, Mallory feels that the only way Trump's support would be accepted as genuine at this stage is through funding.
But the groups that promote them openly disparage Sharia as a threat to American values and liberties and a vehicle for imposing worldwide Islamic rule.
Having postponed a vote on one of their signature political promises, senators are headed home without a concrete plan to either defend or disparage.
Like every other Republican running for the White House last year, Donald Trump routinely disparaged President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, which extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.
The answers range from laudatory to disparaging, depending on which experts are asked.
The incident comes less than a month after Islamic leaders criticized an anti-Muslim billboard disparaging the Prophet Muhammad that is near the southbound lanes of I-465 on the east side.
Sometime before a public exorcism could commence but after disparaging Walker’s performance and judgment, McMican asked for a motion to fire Walker without cause.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of disparage
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Definition of disparage for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc.
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