Definition of disparage in English:

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disparage

Pronunciation: /dəˈsperij/

verb

[with object]
Regard or represent as being of little worth: he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors
More example sentences
  • But when you're living with a person all your life, you, unknowingly, tend to disparage his worth.
  • Any overt public criticism or disparaging remarks can result in a loss of face and cause extreme embarrassment.
  • For years there were always disparaging remarks about the fact that Rangers had won another title.
Synonyms
belittle, denigrate, deprecate, trivialize, make light of, undervalue, underrate, play down;
ridicule, deride, mock, scorn, scoff at, sneer at;
run down, defame, discredit, speak badly of, cast aspersions on, impugn, vilify, traduce, criticize, slur
informal pick holes in, knock, slam, pan, badmouth, dis, pooh-pooh
formal calumniate, derogate
derogatory, deprecatory, denigratory, belittling;
critical, scathing, negative, unfavorable, uncomplimentary, uncharitable;
contemptuous, scornful, snide, disdainful
informal bitchy, catty
archaic contumelious

Derivatives

disparagement

Pronunciation: /dəˈsperijmənt/
noun
Example sentences
  • The hidden progressivist agenda on this issue lies in the disparagement of verbal learning.
  • Then the campaign of criticism and disparagement of a good man, Mr Keelty, continued into the Tuesday.
  • In spite of the ongoing disparagement, the yellow metal has continued to shed its ‘barbarous’ reputation, taking out fresh 18-year highs last week.

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'marry someone of unequal rank', also 'bring discredit on'): from Old French desparagier 'marry someone of unequal rank', based on Latin par 'equal'.

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  • pair from Middle English:

    Pair comes from Latin paria ‘equal things’, formed from par ‘equal’. Latin par also lies behind compare (Late Middle English) ‘to pair with, bring together’; disparage (Middle English) originally ‘a mis-pairing especially in marriage’, later ‘to discredit’; nonpareil (Late Middle English) ‘not equalled’ (taken directly from the French); par (late 16th century) ‘equal’, a golfing term from L19th; parity [L16] ‘equalness’; peer (Middle English) ‘equal’; and umpire (Middle English) originally noumpere, from the same source as nonpareil, because an umpire is above all the players. A noumpere was later re-interpreted as ‘an umpire’ and the initial ‘n’ was lost.

Words that rhyme with disparage

carriage, Harwich, intermarriage, marriage, miscarriage

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: dis·par·age

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