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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
By way of Twitter, the president-elect disparaged Brennan and accused him of leaking the explosive dossier published by BuzzFeed News.
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 agenda — appears to be rather small.
Hipp was also a talented visual artist, which Feather mentions only to disparage.
Trump famously and very publicly disparaged Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son Capt.
In the apparently apocryphal remarks, the emir praised Iran and Hezbollah (but also Israel?) and disparaged the United States.
Because of Trump's openly disparaging comments about HBCUs and lack of follow through, Mallory feels that the only way Trump's support would be accepted as genuine at this stage is through funding.
But the groups that promote them openly disparage Sharia as a threat to American values and liberties and a vehicle for imposing worldwide Islamic rule.
Having postponed a vote on one of their signature political promises, senators are headed home without a concrete plan to either defend or disparage.
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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
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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