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[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.
Origin of disparage
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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  • Nevis was far too astute to disparage the man he did not like openly to his wife, so he made a sign of assent.

    A Prairie Courtship Harold Bindloss
  • Nothing is more unjust than to disparage one sex relatively to the other.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It was stressed by his friends to advertise his personality and by his enemies to disparage it.

  • It would have its work done, and be free to disparage those who have laboured for it.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • To praise one above his merits, is as fatal to his consideration, as decidedly to disparage him.

    Western Characters J. L. McConnel
British Dictionary definitions for disparage


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 disparage

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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