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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
But perhaps because the Never Trump herd has been culled, all but hunted to extinction, the term is now being used by true believers in the president to disparage people who have not yet proved their absolute loyalty.
At the time of the payments, AT&T was trying to merge with Time Warner, a deal the president had disparaged, and Korea Aerospace was seeking a multibillion-dollar defense contract.
When reports of the phone call first surfaced last summer, Kelly denied disparaging the president, three officials said.
Attitudes changed, the moral arc bent, and now, a lot fewer people disparage gay people like this than did in 2006.
This sort of argument works to disparage the majesty and might of Beyonce’s Coachella set.
But some activists, including members of ladies’ bicycling associations, disparaged these convertible designs precisely for their ability to hide in plain sight.
These men weren’t trying to disparage John Giannini or even make a direct comparison.
Another round of calls allegedly disparaged Cindy McCain as a drug user.
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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
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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