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disparaging

[dih-spar-i-jing] /dɪˈspær ɪ dʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon:
a disparaging remark.
Origin of disparaging
1635-1645
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.
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  • 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

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