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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
After his firing was made public, McCabe told CNN that Trump had repeatedly disparaged his wife’s state senate campaign, comments that McCabe documented repeatedly.
Doing so would buy U.S. negotiators time to deal with elements of the agreement Trump has disparaged — such as its expiration dates on key nuclear constraints — and missile and terrorism concerns.
Students at the school became alarmed Wednesday at her Snapchat post disparaging National Walkout Day, which was being held in response to a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.
Details of the Republican conclusions also contradict an account laid out by special counsel Robert Mueller of a campaign by Russian entities to disparage Clinton and support Trump, shown in the indictment of 13 Russians issued last month.
In 2013, The Inquirer reported that then-House leaders asked the State Police to investigate anonymous videos that disparaged Toohil.
Rex Tillerson, America’s secretary of state, tried to improve relations with Africa, two months after Donald Trump reportedly used foul language to disparage African countries.
Premier Maris Kucinskis thickened the plot shortly after by urging Rimsevics to resign—while also disparaging the bank Norvik and its Russian owner Grigory Guselnikov for publicly accusing Rimsevics of demanding a bribe without producing evidence.
The meeting proceeded uneventfully, according to veteran Israeli intelligence journalist Ronen Bergman, although the Americans vented their dismay over a president who had loudly disparaged their past work.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of disparage
- decried their defeatist attitude
- critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental
- disparaged polo as a game for the rich
- belittled the achievements of others
DISPARAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disparage for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc.
DISPARAGE Defined for Kids
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