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disparage

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsparɪdʒ
 
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Definition of disparage in English:

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, 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
British informal rubbish, slate, slag off, have a go at
dated cry down
archaic hold cheap
rare misprize, minify, asperse, derogate, calumniate, vilipend, vituperate
critical, scathing, negative, unfavourable, uncomplimentary, uncharitable, unsympathetic;
informal bitchy, catty
archaic contumelious

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.

Derivatives

disparagement

1
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.

Words that rhyme with disparage

carriage, Harwich, intermarriage, marriage, miscarriage

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