[ dih-spar-ij ]
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verb (used with object),dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing.
  1. to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.

  2. to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.

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 peer2) + -age-age

Other words for disparage

Other words from disparage

  • dis·par·ag·er, noun
  • un·dis·par·aged, adjective

Words Nearby disparage

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How to use disparage in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for disparage


/ (dɪˈspærɪdʒ) /

  1. to speak contemptuously of; belittle

  2. to damage the reputation of

Origin of disparage

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

Derived forms of disparage

  • disparagement, noun
  • disparager, noun
  • disparaging, adjective
  • disparagingly, adverb

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