that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon: disparaging remarks.

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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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