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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
Trump has denied this since Stoynoff first went public with the allegations in October 2016, and even publicly disparaged her looks during a rally.
The number of voters who want their senator to publicly disparage the Republican president while doing virtually everything in his power to advance that president’s policies is rather small.
In August, the president of the Girl Scouts, Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, accused the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations.
John Kelly opened a dark divide, painting an idealized picture of all veterans, and implicitly disparaging not merely the great mass of citizens, but all those who display courage and selflessness in the normal course of life.
By way of Twitter, the president-elect disparaged Brennan and accused him of leaking the explosive dossier published by BuzzFeed News.
Over the past months, there have been scandalous articles that disparaged the former mayor, Mark Fitzgerald.
Yiannopoulos was seen as an instigator of disparaging tweets directed at comedian Leslie Jones.
Harassment and assault stories ranged from politics to restaurants to disparaging ex-boyfriends.
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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
Synonymsbad-mouth, belittle, cry down, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, diminish, dis (also diss) [slang], discount, dismiss, decry, kiss off, minimize, play down, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talk, vilipend, write off
Antonymsacclaim, applaud, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, magnify, praise
Related Wordsdiscommend; abuse, scold; disapprove (of), dislike; censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, reprehend, reprobate; asperse, defame, malign, rip, slander, slur, traduce, vilify; discredit, disgrace
Near Antonymsapprove, countenance, endorse (also indorse), favor, recommend, sanction; commend, compliment, eulogize
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
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Definition of disparage for Students
- He disparaged the other team.
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