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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
The president has repeatedly disparaged the former Alabama senator for his lack of involvement on a volatile front that casts an even larger shadow over Trump's presidency: Russia.
The texts disparaged racial minorities, women and gays.
David Wecht, who was elected as a Democrat to the state high court in 2015, several disparaging comments about gerrymandering while campaigning for the Supreme Court seat.
Cheryl agrees to write a piece in the school newspaper disparaging Sheriff Keller's work.
Kennedy observed that a commissioner had disparaged Phillips by asserting that religion has been used to justify slavery and the Holocaust.
District 203 ‘failing’ misrepresented On May 27, a letter to the editor disparaged Naperville School District 203 and its teachers’ union for falling rankings in U.S. News and World Report.
Several parents of students said Sproat publicly disparaged the coach.
This is particularly true if the behavior triggered disparaging media publicity for the name and reputation of the team.
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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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