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[dih-spar-ij] /dɪˈspær ɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), 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 the whole family.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
1. ridicule, discredit, mock, demean, denounce, derogate.
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Examples for disparages
  • He disparages compromises and balancing tests and incremental solutions.
  • Any item which disparages a single individual will not be posted.
  • Language that merely disparages a product or service of a business is not defamation per se.
British Dictionary definitions for disparages

disparage

/dɪˈspærɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to speak contemptuously of; belittle
2.
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 disparages

disparage

v.

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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