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[dih-spar-i-jing] /dɪˈspær ɪ dʒɪŋ/
that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon:
a disparaging remark.
Origin of disparaging
First recorded in 1635-45; disparage + -ing2
Related forms
disparagingly, adverb
nondisparaging, adjective
self-disparaging, adjective
Usage note
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 ethnic, 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. 2017.
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  • "I shall not want you any longer, Blair," said Mr. Clinch to the young fellow of whom Conant had spoken so disparagingly to me.

    Plane and Plank Oliver Optic
  • She was sorry, she said, to find that I thought so disparagingly of my brother.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • John shook the nearly empty can disparagingly as Silvey joined him on the back lawn a moment later.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • As to the People, if I shall seem to have spoken of them disparagingly, it has not been unkindly.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • Bertomy had nothing but the highest praise for Lagors, but, on the other hand, spoke most disparagingly of the count.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV. Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • “But it is differently rigged to the boats on the Thames, uncle,” I said disparagingly.

    Nat the Naturalist G. Manville Fenn
  • I am not aware of having spoken unjustly or disparagingly of the dramatic profession.

    Records of Later Life Frances Ann Kemble
  • His work is disparagingly criticised by other living sociologists.

  • I could not wonder that our own travellers have always spoken so disparagingly of the American civilization.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • I wouldn't let Martha Ann be spoken of disparagingly in the town for the world.

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