Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for disparagingly
Historical Examples
  • She was sorry, she said, to find that I thought so disparagingly of my brother.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • O'Shea then tried the Turf,—disparagingly, as a great moralist ought.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • As to the People, if I shall seem to have spoken of them disparagingly, it has not been unkindly.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • “But it is differently rigged to the boats on the Thames, uncle,” I said disparagingly.

    Nat the Naturalist G. Manville Fenn
  • His work is disparagingly criticised by other living sociologists.

  • They all spoke most disparagingly of Russian conditions at the time.

    Under Four Administrations Oscar S. Straus
  • I wouldn't let Martha Ann be spoken of disparagingly in the town for the world.

  • "I suppose they did—of some sort," said Janet, disparagingly.

    Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • But why do you speak so disparagingly of King David, whom I always had a weakness for?

  • "I do not think much of them," say I, disparagingly, kneeling down to examine them.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton

Word of the Day

Nearby words for disparagingly

Word Value for disparagingly

Scrabble Words With Friends