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[dih-spar-i-jing] /dɪˈspær ɪ dʒɪŋ/
that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon:
a disparaging remark.
Origin of disparaging
1635-45; disparage + -ing2
Related forms
disparagingly, adverb
nondisparaging, adjective
self-disparaging, adjective
Usage note
In this dictionary, the label Disparaging indicates that a term or definition is used with a deliberate intent to disparage, as to belittle a particular ethnic, religious, or social group. It is often paired with the label Offensive, which describes a term that gives offense whether or not any offense was intended.


[dih-spar-ij] /dɪˈspær ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), disparaged, disparaging.
to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle:
Do not disparage good manners.
to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of:
Your behavior will disparage the whole family.
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desparag(i)er to match unequally, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -parag(i)er, derivative of parage equality, equivalent to par(er) to equalize (< Latin parāre; see peer1) + -age -age
Related forms
disparager, noun
undisparaged, adjective
1. ridicule, discredit, mock, demean, denounce, derogate. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to speak contemptuously of; belittle
to damage the reputation of
Derived Forms
disparagement, noun
disparager, noun
disparaging, adjective
disparagingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French desparagier, from des-dis-1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal
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Word Origin and History for disparaging



early 14c., "degrade socially," from Old French desparagier (Modern French 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-) + parage "rank, lineage" (see peer (n.)). Sense of "belittle" first recorded 1530s. Related: Disparaged; disparaging; disparagingly.

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