disparage
transitive verb (-aged; -aging) Etymology: Middle English, to degrade by marriage below one's class, disparage, from Anglo-French desparager to marry below one's class, from des- dis- + parage equality, lineage, from per peer Date: 14th century 1. to lower in rank or reputation ; degrade 2. to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) ; speak slightingly about Synonyms: see decrydisparagement noundisparager noundisparaging adjectivedisparagingly adverb

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  • disparage — I verb affront, asperse, be insolent, be rude, belittle, bemock, besmear, bespatter, blacken, blot, bring reproach upon, calumniate, cavil, censure, cheapen, condemn, contemn, criticize, debase, decry, defame, deflate, degrade, denigrate,… …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disparage — Dis pa*rage , n. Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Dissuaded her from such a disparage. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disparage — [di spar′ij] vt. disparaged, disparaging [ME disparagen < OFr desparagier, to marry one of inferior rank < des (see DIS ) + parage, rank < per, PEER1] 1. to lower in esteem; discredit 2. to speak slightingly of; show disrespect for;… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • disparage — *decry, depreciate, derogate, detract, belittle, minimize Analogous words: asperse, *malign, traduce, defame, slander, libel: deprecate, *disapprove Antonyms: applaud Contrasted words: *praise, laud, extol, eulogize, acclaim: *commend, compliment …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disparage — [v] criticize; detract from abuse, belittle, chill*, cry down, decry, defame, degrade, deject, demoralize, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, deride, derogate, dis*, discourage, discredit, disdain, dishearten, dismiss, dispirit, dispraise, downcry …   New thesaurus

  • disparage — ► VERB ▪ regard or represent as being of little worth; scorn. DERIVATIVES disparagement noun disparaging adjective. ORIGIN Old French desparagier marry someone of unequal rank , from Latin par equal …   English terms dictionary

  • disparage — disparager, n. /di spar ij/, v.t., disparaged, disparaging. 1. to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners. 2. to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage… …   Universalium

  • disparage — [[t]dɪ̱spæ̱rɪʤ[/t]] disparages, disparaging, disparaged VERB If you disparage someone or something, you speak about them in a way which shows that you do not have a good opinion of them. [FORMAL] [V n] ...Larkin s tendency to disparage literature …   English dictionary

  • disparage — UK [dɪˈspærɪdʒ] / US [dɪˈsperɪdʒ] verb [transitive] Word forms disparage : present tense I/you/we/they disparage he/she/it disparages present participle disparaging past tense disparaged past participle disparaged to say unpleasant things about… …   English dictionary

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