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disparage (dɪˈspærɪdʒ Pronunciation for disparage


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), knock, blast, flame, rubbish, malign, detract from, denigrate, belittle, decry, underrate, vilify, slander, deprecate, tear into, diss, defame, bad-mouth, 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'

As you start to move in the direction of prosperity, many people will disparage what you are trying to achieve.
Cutler, Peter Get Out of Debt and Prosper! a 10-step plan that really works
It is wrong, too, to disparage the new modular system as "exams every year".
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It was coined by Cree Indians to disparage their northern cousins as eaters of raw flesh, and has long been regarded as somewhat derogatory.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Koppel may disparage "bad taste", but his boardroom bosses are more focused on the bottom line.
Outlook India (2005)
Old Blood folk disparage this practice and strongly urge against it.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
On the one hand, we don't acknowledge the skills they have and then when they enter using the only way they have, we disparage them.
canada.com (2004)
While his work certainly has a knowing, detached quality about it he doesn't disparage or patronise his sources.
Irish Times (2002)
`Mary, darling, why do you always disparage our calling?
Barnard, Robert Death in Purple Prose


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