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disparage  (dɪˈspærɪdʒ


verb (transitive)

  1. to speak contemptuously of; belittle
  2. to damage the reputation of

Derived Forms

disˈparagement  noun
disˈparager  noun
disˈparaging  adjective
disˈparagingly  adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis-1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal


View thesaurus entry
= run down, dismiss, put down, criticize, underestimate, discredit, ridicule, scorn, minimize, disdain, undervalue, deride, slag (off) (slang), knock (informal), blast, flame (informal), rubbish (informal), malign, detract from, denigrate, belittle, decry, underrate, vilify, slander, deprecate, tear into (informal), diss (slang) (mainly US), defame, bad-mouth (slang) (mainly US) ( & Canadian), lambast(e), traduce, derogate, asperse

Translations for 'disparage'

  • British English: disparage If you disparage someone or something, you speak about them in a way which shows that you do not have a good opinion of them. VERB...his tendency to disparage literature.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: depreciar
  • Chinese: 诋毁诋詆毁毀
  • European Spanish: menospreciar
  • French: déprécier
  • German: herabsetzen
  • Italian: denigrare
  • Japanese: 軽蔑する
  • Korean: 얕보다
  • Portuguese: depreciar
  • Spanish: menospreciar

Example Sentences Including 'disparage'

`Mary, darling, why do you always disparage our calling?
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose
Old Blood folk disparage this practice and strongly urge against it.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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