disparager


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.

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).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disparager - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
cynic, faultfinder - someone who is critical of the motives of others
backbiter, defamer, libeler, maligner, slanderer, traducer, vilifier - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
hatemonger - one who arouses hatred for others
muckraker, mudslinger - one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage)
References in periodicals archive ?
His stand was all the more intriguing because his own son, John Podhoretz, is not only a vociferous disparager of Trump but also editor of Commentary, the position that Podhoretz the Elder held from 1960 to 1995.
Most of the players will never get a better club than this one," said the dour Dudley disparager.
Doesn't lack defenders in tiff with her "vice-cious" disparager.
The group is contacting the Electoral Commission to become registered as an Official Disparager against the BNP.
The original theorist of utilitarianism, Jeremy Bentham, was a great disparager of Blackstone's doctrinalism.
They, can do it," Wilhelm said, but the alleged disparager must back it up with scientific facts or face paying compensatory damages if sued.
Henderson should be used to his disparagers by now, who will no doubt bestir once more after this.