[ dih-spar-ij-muh nt ]
/ dɪˈspær ɪdʒ mənt /


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 self-disparagement

  • Mrs. Lodge told him her errand; and then with words of self-disparagement he examined her arm.

  • But if he had expected his self-disparagement to bring him a reward in a counter disparagement of the Judge, he was disappointed.

    The Locusts' Years|Mary Helen Fee
  • If you have a weakness, it is because of a deficiency of self-esteem—a tendency to self-disparagement.

    Charlemont|W. Gilmore Simms
  • The England I had left had been wont to go about with a puckered forehead; she was a victim of self-disparagement.

    Out To Win|Coningsby Dawson

Word Origin and History for self-disparagement



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper