disparage

[dih-spar-ij]

verb (used with object), dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. disorient,
  2. disorientate,
  3. disorientation,
  4. disoriented,
  5. disown,
  6. disparagement,
  7. disparaging,
  8. disparate,
  9. disparately,
  10. disparity

Origin of disparage

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desparag(i)er to match unequally, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -parag(i)er, derivative of parage equality, equivalent to par(er) to equalize (< Latin parāre; see peer1) + -age -age

Related formsdis·par·ag·er, nounun·dis·par·aged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for disparage

disparage

verb (tr)

to speak contemptuously of; belittle
to damage the reputation of
Derived Formsdisparagement, noundisparager, noundisparaging, adjectivedisparagingly, adverb

Word Origin for disparage

C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis- 1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal

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Word Origin and History for disparage

disparage

v.

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.

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