- Regard or represent as being of little worth: he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitorsMore example sentences
belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate; disdain, dismiss, ridicule, deride, mock, scorn, pour scorn on, scoff at, sneer at, laugh at, laugh off; run down, defame, decry, discredit, slander, libel, malign, speak ill of, speak badly of, cast aspersions on, impugn, vilify, traduce, revile, criticize, condemn; North American slur• informal do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, pull to pieces, pick holes in, drag through the mud, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, pooh-pooh, look down one's nose at• dated cry down• archaic hold cheapderogatory, deprecating, deprecatory, denigratory, belittling, slighting, insulting, abusive; critical, scathing, negative, unfavourable, uncomplimentary, uncharitable, unsympathetic; contemptuous, scornful, snide, derisive, disdainful, sneering• archaic contumelious
- 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.
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- 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.
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'.