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[dih-spar-i-jing] /dɪˈspær ɪ dʒɪŋ/
that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon:
a disparaging remark.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • In his memoirs he often speaks disparagingly about the private sector.
  • It has literary merit, but its historical value has been highly praised and disparagingly criticized.
  • They speak disparagingly of him when he leaves the room.
  • Dentists shall be obliged to refrain from commenting disparagingly without justification about the services of other dentists.

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