Definition of disparage in English:



  • Regard or represent as being of little worth.

    ‘he never missed an opportunity to disparage his competitors’
    • ‘Those are the scenes when people in the story, who have disparaged our heroine, get ridiculed, put down and generally put in their place by her.’
    • ‘But when you're living with a person all your life, you, unknowingly, tend to disparage his worth.’
    • ‘Perhaps discomforted by these challenges, contemporary critics disparaged the painting.’
    • ‘That is not in any way to disparage his two competitors.’
    • ‘It stated that no advocate would be permitted to make disparaging and derogatory remarks against the presiding judge.’
    • ‘A swift response from the editor himself was printed below the letter, saying: ‘We are surprised that our correspondent disparages lentils as an article of diet.’’
    • ‘You disparage a woman's driving or mock her way of problem-solving.’
    • ‘We've all heard disparaging comments about that profession and jokes.’
    • ‘I would say persist and never minimize or disparage yourself or your abilities.’
    • ‘Some critics have disparaged Hogan's emphasis on the love story between the two main characters.’
    • ‘For the last six years, he has found himself reviled and disparaged by most of America, with every transgression in and out of the ring adding to the image of an unpleasant human being.’
    • ‘Any overt public criticism or disparaging remarks can result in a loss of face and cause extreme embarrassment.’
    • ‘Worse still, many of them take the opportunity to disparage Norway into the bargain.’
    • ‘The problem would be as much the risk of disparaging the concept of Tibet as it would be a risk of offending China.’
    • ‘For years there were always disparaging remarks about the fact that Rangers had won another title.’
    • ‘When US steel companies pursue anti-dumping remedies, the free-trade orthodoxy disparages them as backward protectionists, blocking the future for poorer countries.’
    • ‘But what we are here concerned to point out is the terrible way in which this treatment of the Cross disparages it and minimizes its importance in the history of redemption.’
    • ‘However, efficacy studies and theoretical speculations should not be disparaged or dismissed.’
    • ‘It is not in our nature to disparage the city we love or belittle the real successes that are made by our opponents as they did to us over the last three years.’
    • ‘She neither disparages beauty nor celebrates its virtues; instead, she represents beauty as something earthy and embodied.’
    belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
    derogatory, deprecating, deprecatory, denigratory, belittling, slighting, insulting, abusive
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘marry someone of unequal rank’, also ‘bring discredit on’): from Old French desparagier ‘marry someone of unequal rank’, based on Latin par ‘equal’.