- that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon: a disparaging remark.
Origin of disparaging
- to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.
- to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.
Origin of disparage
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Examples from the Web for disparaging
The name Washington Redskins is disparaging to Native Americans.Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal
June 25, 2014
ATOMIC ENERGY In 1938, Fortune magazine was disparaging about the future uses of atomic energy.10 Overdue Historical Retractions
November 15, 2013
And I find it hard to imagine that he would be disparaging of his customers if they happened to be gay.The True Story Behind Dallas Buyers Club: Meet the Real Ron Woodruff
November 3, 2013
Unless the people now disparaging Keynes get their hands on them.Keynes’s Gift to Posterity
May 7, 2013
That will be a speech long on Democratic wish lists and disparaging remarks about Republicans, and very short on olive branches.What to Look for In Tonight's State of the Union
February 12, 2013
But these disparaging utterances were not without a secondary purpose.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Then it often has a diminutive or disparaging signification.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Even to hear any one disparaging the appearance of Jess's son is to me a pain.A Window in Thrums
J. M. Barrie
But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent.Madame Bovary
Here there was neither; ugly stories, disparaging remarks, on every hand.Bob, Son of Battle
- to speak contemptuously of; belittle
- to damage the reputation of
Word Origin and History for disparaging
early 14c., "degrade socially," from Old French desparagier (Modern French déparager) "reduce in rank, degrade, devalue, depreciate," originally "to marry unequally," and thus by extension the disgrace or dishonor involved in this, from des- "away" (see dis-) + parage "rank, lineage" (see peer (n.)). Sense of "belittle" first recorded 1530s. Related: Disparaged; disparaging; disparagingly.