[ dih-spar-i-jing ]
/ dɪˈspær ɪ dʒɪŋ /


that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon: a disparaging remark.

Origin of disparaging

First recorded in 1635–45; disparage + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM disparaging

dis·par·ag·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·par·ag·ing, adjectiveself-dis·par·ag·ing, adjective

usage note for disparaging

In this dictionary, the label Disparaging indicates that a term or definition is used with a deliberate intent to disparage, as to belittle a particular ethnic, religious, or social group. It is often paired with the label Offensive, which describes a term that gives offense whether or not any offense was intended.

Definition for disparaging (2 of 2)

[ dih-spar-ij ]
/ dɪˈspær ɪdʒ /

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

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

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


dis·par·ag·er, nounun·dis·par·aged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disparaging

/ (dɪˈspærɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)

to speak contemptuously of; belittle
to damage the reputation of

Derived forms of disparage

disparagement, noundisparager, noundisparaging, adjectivedisparagingly, adverb

Word Origin for disparage

C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis- 1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal
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