disparage

verb
dis·​par·​age | \ di-ˈsper-ij How to pronounce disparage (audio) , -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 \ di-​ˈsper-​ij-​mənt How to pronounce disparagement (audio) , -​ˈspa-​rij-​ \ noun
disparager noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web This year has seen periods when stocks and bonds have moved together, which critics have seized upon to disparage the strategy. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Bloomberg.com, "The 60/40 Portfolio Is Muzzling Critics With Another Big Year," 22 Nov. 2020 Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani," 17 Oct. 2020 Fouts also denied the veracity of recordings released in 2017, allegedly of him, comparing African-Americans to chimps and using vulgarities to disparage older women. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Election 2020 live updates: New turnout record in Michigan," 5 Nov. 2020 Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani," 17 Oct. 2020 Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani," 17 Oct. 2020 Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. Eric Tucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Biden email episode illustrates risk to Trump from Giuliani," 17 Oct. 2020 Andrii Derkach, the Ukrainian parliamentarian who is one of Giuliani’s principal contacts, was mentioned in an August intelligence assessment that described a concerted Russian effort to disparage Biden. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "How the Hunter Biden email episode illustrates the risk to President Trump from Rudy Giuliani," 16 Oct. 2020 But Trump, who tweeted Saturday an endorsement of Shedd, used much of the five-minute dialogue to disparage O'Halleran, especially for voting to impeach him last year. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "President Donald Trump rips Rep. Tom O'Halleran as a 'puppet for Nancy Pelosi'," 11 Oct. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disparage. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for disparage

disparage

verb
How to pronounce disparage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disparage

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

disparage

verb
dis·​par·​age | \ di-ˈsper-ij How to pronounce disparage (audio) \
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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