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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
This Saturday, a mock celebration designed to disparage a winless season is scheduled to take place at noon around FirstEnergy Stadium.
NDAs also frequently bar individuals from disparaging the employer and its officers (sometimes called non-disparagement clauses).
Before their involvement in the Mueller probe, the two F.B.I. employees had sent dozens of texts to each other disparaging Donald Trump, which was enough for the right to impugn the entire investigation.
The existence of the text messages, disclosed in news reports earlier this month, provided a line of attack for Trump, who used the revelation to disparage FBI leadership as politically tainted.
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.
However, the appearance gives O’Reilly a platform to disparage his accusers and Fox’s decision to kill his show.
That’s a big deal for a type of clothing that has historically been disparaged in Bolivia because it was worn by poor, indigenous women.
Trump has attacked Wolff and Bannon, who served as a key source and disparaged other aides, as well as Trump's son Donald Jr., in on-the-record statements.
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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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