disparage

verb
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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In meetings with her superiors, LaMark Muir described feeling harassed and disparaged because of her gender, email exchanges included in court filings show. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Hartford Settles Lawsuit Alleging Culture Of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Within Police Department," 28 June 2018 There are plenty of reasons to discredit or disparage Justify's Triple Crown. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Did Justify have help from another horse at Belmont? That's nonsense," 11 June 2018 Now the subject of Larry Little’s disparaging tweets, Jason Frey, wants to move the battle to the courtroom. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "He was booted as team volunteer. His response has led to a lawsuit.," 27 Apr. 2018 Metropolitan launched Stillman's career as the WASP Woody Allen—a description at once disparaging in its simplistic typecasting and arguably true. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Whit Stillman On Directing Jane Austen," 27 Apr. 2016 In the settlement, both Black and Cranley agreed not to disparage each other. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "All the details of City Manager Harry Black's proposed severance settlement," 21 Mar. 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, 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

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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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disparage

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disparage

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

disparage

verb
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.

Other Words from disparage

disparagement \-mənt \ noun

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