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
Recap: Bill Maher, a white, male democrat - surrounded by his white privilege - used a racially marginalizing term that disparages blacks.
The Auburn coach could've made the same mistake as the Kansas State coach, going on camera and disparaging a player who was transferring from his program, embarrassing himself and his school in the process.
Two of the judges agreed with the majority that the order likely violates the constitutional command that government not favor or disparage one religion over another.
In the following days, the president made several snarky, disparaging comments about Kushner’s family and the visas during routine West Wing meetings that were clearly intended to express his annoyance, two aides said.
In the following days during routine West Wing meetings, the president made several snarky, disparaging comments about Mr. Kushner’s family and the visas that were clearly intended to express his annoyance, two aides said.
Oregon's setbacks over the weekend in Austin are an example of one reason former UO coach Vin Lananna disparaged the regional meets.
Messages that cropped on Yik Yak disparaged and threatened the feminist group’s most visible members.
The bloc’s leaders met as anxieties mounted about President Trump’s comments disparaging the European Union.
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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
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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