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


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

Nearby words

  1. disorientation,
  2. disoriented,
  3. disown,
  4. disparage,
  5. disparagement,
  6. disparate,
  7. disparately,
  8. disparity,
  9. disparlure,
  10. dispart

Origin of disparaging

First recorded in 1635–45; disparage + -ing2

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

Usage note

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.

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Examples from the Web for self-disparaging

  • Thus self-accusing and self-disparaging, he reached the little avenue gate, which by a trim gravel walk led up to the parsonage.

    One Of Them|Charles James Lever