Definition of disparage in English:
- 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.
- 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.
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'.
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 disparagecarriage, Harwich, intermarriage, marriage, miscarriage
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