Regard or represent as being of little worth: he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors
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- 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.
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 Americanslur
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
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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- 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.