disparaging

[dih-spar-i-jing]
adjective
that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon: disparaging remarks.

Origin:
1635–45; disparage + -ing2

disparagingly, adverb
nondisparaging, adjective
self-disparaging, adjective


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 racial, 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.
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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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disparage
early 14c., from O.Fr. desparagier "reduce in rank, degrade," originally "to cause to marry unequally," and thus by extension the disgrace or dishonor involved in this, from des- "away" + parage "rank, lineage" (see peer (n.)). Sense of "belittle" first recorded 1530s. Related:
Disparaged; disparaging; disparagingly.
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Example sentences
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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