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disparage

[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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Cato himself, who was certainly no disparager of his own merits, says that a great many were killed, but he specifies no number.

    History of Rome, Vol III

    Titus Livius


British Dictionary definitions for disparager

disparage

verb (tr)
  1. to speak contemptuously of; belittle
  2. to damage the reputation of
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Derived Formsdisparagement, noundisparager, noundisparaging, adjectivedisparagingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis- 1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal
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Word Origin and History for disparager

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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