disparaging

adjective dis·par·ag·ing \ di-ˈsper-i-jiŋ , -ˈspa-ri- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of disparaging

: meant to belittle the value or importance of someone or something : serving or intended to disparage someone or something
  • a disparaging term/word
  • disparaging comments from ordinarily sane and sympathetic critics …
  • —Isaiah Berlin
  • Legally, I also can't say anything about the company that could be construed as disparaging.
  • —Chuck Klosterman

disparagingly

adverb
    • a term often used disparagingly
    • People in my field … have a tendency to take lightly and often disparagingly the efforts of workers in the so-called social sciences.
    • —Lewis Thomas

First Known Use of disparaging

circa 1596



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