verb (used with object), dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing.
Origin of disparage
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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
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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.