Disparagement
Disparagement Dis*par"age*ment, n. [Cf. OF. desparagement.] 1. Matching any one in marriage under his or her degree; injurious union with something of inferior excellence; a lowering in rank or estimation. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

And thought that match a foul disparagement. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Injurious comparison with an inferior; a depreciating or dishonoring opinion or insinuation; diminution of value; dishonor; indignity; reproach; disgrace; detraction; -- commonly with to. [1913 Webster]

It ought to be no disparagement to a star that it is not the sun. --South. [1913 Webster]

Imitation is a disparagement and a degradation in a Christian minister. --I. Taylor.

Syn: Indignity; derogation; detraction; reproach; dishonor; debasement; degradation; disgrace. [1913 Webster]


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