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
One teenager criticized Mr. Trump for disparaging women, allowing Mrs. Clinton to talk about the importance of standing up to those who judge women only by their physical appearance.
Mr. McNealy long disparaged Linux, before making a late-stage conversion that did not save his company.
Soon, accounts of the experts’ supposedly scandalously high salaries were everywhere; so were articles disparaging the experts individually.
Mr. Obama has been careful in public to avoid disparaging Mr. Sanders, given his deeper history and relationship with Mrs. Clinton.
Someone explained that the reference could be interpreted as disparaging to the restaurant.
Not only that, Watson can determine a particular writer's tendencies to praise or disparage a particular player.
And when such strife goes public, the two sides will try to curry favor with the public with press statements, ads, social media and websites disparaging the other side.
But in a country where most people refuse to go on record disparaging the regime for fear of retaliation, a project like his can't escape politics.
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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 century
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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