- 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.
Origin of disparage
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Examples from the Web for disparager
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
- to speak contemptuously of; belittle
- to damage the reputation of
Word Origin and History for disparager
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.