Disparage Dis*par"age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disparaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disparaging}.] [OF. desparagier, F. d['e]parager, to marry unequally; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. parage extraction, lineage, from L. par equal, peer. See {Peer}.] 1. To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Alas! that any of my nation Should ever so foul disparaged be. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue. [1913 Webster]

Those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious. --Bp. Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms. --Milton.

Syn: To decry; depreciate; undervalue; underrate; cheapen; vilify; reproach; detract from; derogate from; degrade; debase. See {Decry}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • disparaging — adj. expressing a low opinion of; same as {derogatory}; as, disparaging remarks about the new house. Syn: belittling, depreciative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogative, derogatory, detractive, detracting, slighting, pejorative, denigratory.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disparaging — I adjective abusive, blameful, calumnious, censorious, condemnatory, contemptuous, contumelious, damnatory, defamatory, denunciatory, deprecative, derogatory, detractory, disrespectful, incriminatory, inculpatory, injurious, invective, inveighing …   Law dictionary

  • disparaging — *derogatory, depreciatory, depreciative, slighting, pejorative Analogous words: belittling, decrying, minimizing (see DECRY): underestimating, undervaluing, underrating (see base words at ESTIMATE) Contrasted words: extolling, acclaiming,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • disparaging — disparagingly, adv. /di spar i jing/, adj. that disparages; tending to belittle or bring reproach upon: disparaging remarks. [1635 45; DISPARAGE + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

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  • disparaging — adj. Disparaging is used with these nouns: ↑comment, ↑remark …   Collocations dictionary

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  • disparaging — adjective disparaging remarks criticize someone or something and show that you do not think they are very good disparagingly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English