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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
The book proposal was rejected by six different male editors, who all told Bracken that women wouldn’t want to read something that was disparaging towards cooking.
One Republican from Barca's area came to his defense, while disparaging his colleagues.
One, the kind that many people sign with employers, aims to prevent an employee from disparaging a company or giving away trade secrets.
Her finding was at first disparaged by the almost exclusively male scientific community as nothing more than feminine wish fulfillment.
Even his work as music director of the New York Philharmonic was often disparaged.
The president, who had disparaged McCain in the early days of his candidacy in 2015, has now felt the sting of payback.
One common response to the national anthem protests originated by Colin Kaepernick is to disparage them as polarizing.
In December of that year, he was arrested for embezzlement and convicted by Manhattan District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey, known to history for his loss in the 1948 presidential election but disparaged by Kuhn in that rally as Thomas Jewey.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbad-mouth, belittle, cry down, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, diminish, dis (also diss) [slang], discount, dismiss, decry, kiss off, minimize, play down, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash, trash-talk, vilipend, write off
Antonymsacclaim, applaud, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, laud, magnify, praise
Related Wordsdiscommend; abuse, scold; disapprove (of), dislike; censure, condemn, criticize, denounce, reprehend, reprobate; asperse, defame, malign, rip, slander, slur, traduce, vilify; discredit, disgrace
Near Antonymsapprove, countenance, endorse (also indorse), favor, recommend, sanction; commend, compliment, eulogize
Synonym Discussion of disparage
- decried their defeatist attitude
- critics depreciate his plays for being unabashedly sentimental
- disparaged polo as a game for the rich
- belittled the achievements of others
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Definition of disparage for Students
- He disparaged the other team.
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