Disparage Dis*par"age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disparaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disparaging}.] [OF. desparagier, F. d['e]parager, to marry unequally; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. parage extraction, lineage, from L. par equal, peer. See {Peer}.] 1. To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Alas! that any of my nation Should ever so foul disparaged be. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue. [1913 Webster]

Those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious. --Bp. Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms. --Milton.

Syn: To decry; depreciate; undervalue; underrate; cheapen; vilify; reproach; detract from; derogate from; degrade; debase. See {Decry}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • disparage — early 14c., degrade socially, from O.Fr. desparagier (Mod.Fr. déparager) reduce in rank, degrade, devalue, depreciate, originally to marry unequally, and thus by extension the disgrace or dishonor involved in this, from des away (see DIS (Cf. dis …   Etymology dictionary

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