- the act of disparaging.
- something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.
Origin of disparagement
Related Words for disparagementaspersion, scandal, lessening, contempt, lie, contumely, derision, discredit, scorn, calumny, impairment, derogation, condemnation, censure, degradation, blame, debasement, reproach, disdain, ridicule
Examples from the Web for disparagement
Contemporary Examples of disparagement
Disparagement painted over with the brushstrokes of complimentary praise is still disparagement.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
December 9, 2014
He believes that mockery, disparagement, or airing personal grudges are never appropriate.How to Speak of the Dead
April 22, 2012
Today, “businessman” and “profit” are no longer words of disparagement in India.The Book on India
March 19, 2009
Historical Examples of disparagement
It is no disparagement of Walpole to say he is unworthy of you, for who would be worthy?Lord Kilgobbin
Some disparagement of Jim, I believe—not too loud though, we were too near the house.Lord Jim
Would it not be like a disparagement of Nelly if he were to confess that he had never loved her?Mary Gray
It is no disparagement to truth, that it can only prevail where reason prevails.
It is no disparagement of you or of myself to say that no boy could appreciate you.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
Word Origin and History for disparagement
late 15c., from Old French desparagement, from desparagier (see disparage).