[dih-spar-ij-muh nt]


the act of disparaging.
something that derogates or casts in a bad light, as a remark or censorious essay.

Origin of disparagement

1480–90; < Anglo-French, Middle French desparagement, equivalent to desparag(ier) to disparage + -ment -ment
Related formsself-dis·par·age·ment, noun
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Examples from the Web for disparagement

Contemporary Examples of disparagement

Historical Examples of disparagement

  • It is no disparagement of Walpole to say he is unworthy of you, for who would be worthy?

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • Some disparagement of Jim, I believe—not too loud though, we were too near the house.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Would it not be like a disparagement of Nelly if he were to confess that he had never loved her?

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for disparagement

late 15c., from Old French desparagement, from desparagier (see disparage).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper