dis·par·age | \ di-ˈsper-ij , -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 \-ij-mənt \ noun
disparager noun
disparaging adjective
disparagingly \-ij-iŋ-lē \ adverb

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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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During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Fox News, "Trump brings his chaotic road show to Britain," 13 July 2018 During his 28 hours there, Trump had disparaged longtime NATO allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, chicagotribune.com, "Explosive Trump tabloid interview adds to chaos on 1st British visit," 13 July 2018 This is not to disparage Torres, who’s enjoying a fabulous offensive season and boasts a .905 OPS. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB All-Star Game: Eight biggest roster snubs," 8 July 2018 Black and Asian-American people have often been pitted against one another over the years, dating to the mid-20th century, when white people praised the work ethic and ability of Asian-Americans as a way to disparage the African-American struggle. John Eligon, New York Times, "Asian-Americans Face Multiple Fronts in Battle Over Affirmative Action," 16 June 2018 Recently, Romans, chapter 13, was used to disparage the Black Lives Matter movement. Michael Harriot, The Root, "A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy," 15 June 2018 Ryan was careful Wednesday not to disparage all of Nunes's complaints with the Justice Department, a list of grievances that includes several unfulfilled demands for documents unrelated to the spying accusations. Anchorage Daily News, "Paul Ryan says no proof FBI spied on Trump campaign," 6 June 2018 In exchange, Sterrett agreed not to come back to school or to disparage the university. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M student sues school, alleging due process rights violated in sex assault investigation," 5 June 2018 The fact is, the author used a single data point to disparage the union. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor," 1 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of disparage

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


dis·par·age | \ di-ˈsper-ij \
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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