disparage

verb
dis·​par·​age | \ di-ˈsper-ij How to pronounce disparage (audio) , -ˈspa-rij \
disparaged; disparaging

Definition of disparage

transitive verb

1 : to depreciate (see depreciate sense 1) by indirect means (such as invidious comparison) : speak slightingly about religious beliefs disparaged as superstition
2 : to lower in rank or reputation : degrade

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Other Words from disparage

disparagement \ di-​ˈsper-​ij-​mənt How to pronounce disparage (audio) , -​ˈspa-​rij-​ \ noun
disparager noun

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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

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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."

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many climate advocates disparage the carbon tax, on the view that people will not reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions when the price goes up. John H. Cochrane, National Review, 3 Sep. 2021 Toyota president Akio Toyoda made comments in June that appeared to disparage the Japanese government's aggressive charger installation strategy. Annie White, Car and Driver, 27 Aug. 2021 Much of the praise Cuomo received was framed to disparage former President Donald Trump. Fox News, 12 Aug. 2021 John McCain and Trump were political enemies, and Trump continued to disparage the Arizona senator after his death. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 Engelbert did not want to disparage the Loeffler ownership group, and Montgomery refused to even mention Loeffler’s name. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Feb. 2021 The Delta variant prompted a notable shift in Republicans advocating for the shot, albeit often in cautious terms that emphasize personal choice, while some in the party continue to loudly disparage vaccination with inflammatory rhetoric. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021 The word, if not the habit, of procrastination came into English in 1548, but our language is full of words that disparage a state of not working. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2021 Family members of the Gwangju protesters welcomed Mr. Moon’s attempts to punish purveyors of disinformation who disparage them. New York Times, 18 July 2021

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First Known Use of disparage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for 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

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“Disparage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disparage. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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disparage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disparage

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

disparage

verb
dis·​par·​age | \ di-ˈsper-ij How to pronounce disparage (audio) \
disparaged; disparaging

Kids Definition of disparage

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

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disparagement \ -​mənt \ noun

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