disparagement

[dih-spar-ij-muhnt]
noun
1.
the act of disparaging.
2.
something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.

Origin:
1480–90; < Anglo-French, Middle French desparagement, equivalent to desparag(ier) to disparage + -ment -ment

self-disparagement, noun
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disparage (dɪˈspærɪdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to speak contemptuously of; belittle
2.  to damage the reputation of
 
[C14: from Old French desparagier, from des-dis-1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal]
 
dis'paragement
 
n
 
dis'parager
 
n
 
dis'paraging
 
adj
 
dis'paragingly
 
adv

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disparagement
late 15c., from O.Fr. desparagement, from desparagier (see disparage).
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Example sentences
None of this is intended as disparagement of his acting ability.
It is no disparagement to truth, that it can only prevail where reason prevails.
Yet he remained thin-skinned about any disparagement.
To state a claim for commercial disparagement, special damages must be pleaded.
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