disparage


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dis·par·age

 (dĭ-spăr′ĭj)
tr.v. dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing, dis·par·ag·es
1. To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way.
2. To reduce in esteem or rank.

[Middle English disparagen, to degrade, from Old French desparager : des-, dis- + parage, high birth (from per, peer; see peer2).]

dis·par′age·ment n.
dis·par′ag·er n.
dis·par′ag·ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: disparage, denigrate, belittle, depreciate
These verbs mean to minimize the value or importance of someone or something. Disparage implies a critical or dismissive attitude often accompanied by disrespect: "Leaders who wouldn't be caught dead making religious or ethnic slurs don't hesitate to disparage the 'godless' among us" (Daniel C. Dennett).
Denigrate often adds a note of contempt: "elitist music critics who denigrated jazz by portraying it as inferior to the classical tradition" (Tyler Stovall).
Belittle means to reduce someone or something to a lowly status, often in an arrogant or hurtful manner: "those who would mock and belittle others simply on the basis of their physical appearance" (Tyler Dilts).
Depreciate implies the assignment of a low estimation of value or worth, though the judgment it expresses is generally less disdainful than in the previous terms: "[19th-century American] literature was still mainly subservient to English models and depreciated as secondhand and second rate" (Chronology of American Literature).

disparage

(dɪˈspærɪdʒ)
vb (tr)
1. to speak contemptuously of; belittle
2. to damage the reputation of
[C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis-1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal]
disˈparagement n
disˈparager n
disˈparaging adj
disˈparagingly adv

dis•par•age

(dɪˈspær ɪdʒ)

v.t. -aged, -ag•ing.
1. to speak of or treat slightingly.
2. to discredit; lower the estimation of.
[1250–1300; < Old French desparag(i)er to match unequally =des- dis-1 + -parag(i)er, derivative of parage equality]
dis•par′age•ment, n.

disparage


Past participle: disparaged
Gerund: disparaging

Imperative
disparage
disparage
Present
I disparage
you disparage
he/she/it disparages
we disparage
you disparage
they disparage
Preterite
I disparaged
you disparaged
he/she/it disparaged
we disparaged
you disparaged
they disparaged
Present Continuous
I am disparaging
you are disparaging
he/she/it is disparaging
we are disparaging
you are disparaging
they are disparaging
Present Perfect
I have disparaged
you have disparaged
he/she/it has disparaged
we have disparaged
you have disparaged
they have disparaged
Past Continuous
I was disparaging
you were disparaging
he/she/it was disparaging
we were disparaging
you were disparaging
they were disparaging
Past Perfect
I had disparaged
you had disparaged
he/she/it had disparaged
we had disparaged
you had disparaged
they had disparaged
Future
I will disparage
you will disparage
he/she/it will disparage
we will disparage
you will disparage
they will disparage
Future Perfect
I will have disparaged
you will have disparaged
he/she/it will have disparaged
we will have disparaged
you will have disparaged
they will have disparaged
Future Continuous
I will be disparaging
you will be disparaging
he/she/it will be disparaging
we will be disparaging
you will be disparaging
they will be disparaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been disparaging
you have been disparaging
he/she/it has been disparaging
we have been disparaging
you have been disparaging
they have been disparaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been disparaging
you will have been disparaging
he/she/it will have been disparaging
we will have been disparaging
you will have been disparaging
they will have been disparaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been disparaging
you had been disparaging
he/she/it had been disparaging
we had been disparaging
you had been disparaging
they had been disparaging
Conditional
I would disparage
you would disparage
he/she/it would disparage
we would disparage
you would disparage
they would disparage
Past Conditional
I would have disparaged
you would have disparaged
he/she/it would have disparaged
we would have disparaged
you would have disparaged
they would have disparaged
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.disparage - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
tear apart, trash, pan - express a totally negative opinion of; "The critics panned the performance"
discredit, disgrace - damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"
depreciate, vilipend, deprecate - belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"
belittle, denigrate, derogate, minimize - cause to seem less serious; play down; "Don't belittle his influence"
blandish, flatter - praise somewhat dishonestly

disparage

verb run down, dismiss, put down, criticize, underestimate, discredit, ridicule, scorn, minimize, disdain, undervalue, deride, slag (off) (slang), knock (informal), blast, flame (informal), rubbish (informal), malign, detract from, denigrate, belittle, decry, underrate, vilify, slander, deprecate, depreciate, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), defame, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), lambast(e), traduce, derogate, asperse his tendency to disparage literature

disparage

verb
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
Translations

disparage

[dɪsˈpærɪdʒ] VT [+ person, achievements] → menospreciar, despreciar

disparage

[dɪˈspærɪdʒ] (formal) vt (= denigrate) → dénigrer, décrier

disparage

vtherabsetzen; work, achievements alsoschmälern

disparage

[dɪsˈpærɪdʒ] vt (frm) (person, achievements) → denigrare
References in classic literature ?
Micawber, 'your papa was very well in his way, and Heaven forbid that I should disparage him.
He also against the house of God was bold: A Leper once he lost and gain'd a King, AHAZ his sottish Conquerour, whom he drew Gods Altar to disparage and displace For one of SYRIAN mode, whereon to burn His odious offrings, and adore the Gods Whom he had vanquisht.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
I put forward this obvious reflection, not out of any desire to disparage Mr.
Ada and I agreed, as we talked together for a little while upstairs, that this caprice about the wind was a fiction and that he used the pretence to account for any disappointment he could not conceal, rather than he would blame the real cause of it or disparage or depreciate any one.
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing.
You think so, because you're his sister; and, on that account, I'll forgive you; but nobody else should so disparage Arthur Huntingdon to me with impunity.
Why should we make it a point with our false modesty to disparage that man we are and that form of being assigned to us?
Sparsit interposed, with sprightly cheerfulness, 'don't disparage your judgment.
Little Dorrit entreated him to disparage neither himself nor his station, and, above all things, to divest himself of any idea that she supposed hers to be superior.
Do me the favour,' said Eugene, getting out of his chair with much gravity, 'to come and inspect that feature of our establishment which you rashly disparage.
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