Definition of disparage
disparagementplay \-ij-mənt\ noun
disparaginglyplay \-ij-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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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
Like every other Republican running for the White House last year, Donald Trump routinely disparaged President Barack Obama’s signature accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, which extended health insurance to 20 million Americans.
The answers range from laudatory to disparaging, depending on which experts are asked.
The incident comes less than a month after Islamic leaders criticized an anti-Muslim billboard disparaging the Prophet Muhammad that is near the southbound lanes of I-465 on the east side.
Senators have widely disparaged the House bill, and Senate moderates have talked a good game about protecting the sick and vulnerable.
The ruling means offensive trademarks can no longer be denied, even for names that intend to disparage individuals or groups of people, said Megan Carpenter, dean at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and an expert on trademark law.
This was also a period in which some of the most dramatic ideas that had been disparaged as conspiracy theories turned out to be true.
Sending up a trial balloon about firing Mueller and having his Trumpets disparage Mueller, just make Trump and company look even more desperate and guilty.
Trump followed on Monday with another tweet disparaging the London mayor.
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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
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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of disparage
DISPARAGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disparage for English Language Learners
: to describe (someone or something) as unimportant, weak, bad, etc.
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