Definition of disparage
1 : to lower in rank or reputation : degrade
2 : to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) : speak slightingly about
disparagementplay \-ij-mənt\ noun
disparaginglyplay \-ij-iŋ-lē\ adverb
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.
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 century
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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