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disparage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disparage express a negative opinion of "She disparaged her student's efforts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Disparage Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior. "Dissuaded her from such a disparage ."
    • Disparage 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. "Those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious.""Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms."
    • Disparage To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage. "Alas! that any of my nation
      Should ever so foul disparaged be."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disparage Disparagement; disgrace resulting from an unequal match.
    • disparage To marry to one of inferior condition or rank; degrade by an unequal match or marriage; match unequally.
    • disparage To injure or dishonor by a comparison, especially by treating as equal or inferior to what is of less dignity, importance, or value.
    • disparage To undervalue; criticize or censure unjustly; speak slightingly of; vilify.
    • disparage To bring reproach on; lower the estimation or credit of; discredit; dishonor.
    • disparage Synonyms Depreeiate, Detract from, etc. See decry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disparage dis-par′āj to dishonour by comparison with what is inferior: to lower in rank or estimation: to talk slightingly of
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Quotations

  • Edward N. Hurley
    Edward N. Hurley
    “If we devote our time disparaging the products of our business rivals, we hurt business generally, reduce confidence, and increase discontent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desparagier, F. déparager, to marry unequally; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + F. parage, extraction, lineage, from L. par, equal, peer. See Peer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desparagerdes (—L. dis), neg., and Low L. paragium, equality of birth—L. par, equal.

Usage

In literature:

It should be no disparagement in your view, nor lessen them in your estimation.
"Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness" by John Mather Austin
He looked with disparaging eye upon the plain little chap beside him.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
Not a breath of disparagement had touched the Cure's fair repute.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
In order to exalt the leader have I not too much disparaged the followers?
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
This is written here, not for the purpose of disparaging the clergyman's counsel or the student's resolution.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Men laughed and joked, and smoked; women shrugged their shoulders, peeped about and disparaged the goods.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
He was of course going to disparage Number One, and she felt that to be so horrid of him.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
I don't want to disparage this last act of yours, but see how far back its roots reach into the past.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Nothing could be more disparaging than that, but Ed failed to retaliate.
"The Daughter of Anderson Crow" by George Barr McCutcheon
We are far too apt to exaggerate both in our disparagement and in our praise of backward people.
"The Black Man's Place in South Africa" by Peter Nielsen
The moralists who speak disparagingly of happiness are less sublime than they think.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
At the same time, it is not my intention to disparage his friends.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
He does not believe in virtuous actions; he disparages them, and denies them.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.
"Washington's Birthday" by Various
This is a fine commentary upon the disparagement of color!
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Every one spoke of slavery as he thought; very ignominous and disparaging names and epithets were applied to it.
"American Eloquence, Volume II. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1896)" by Various
I do not mean to disparage his value to the country.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
He who thinks that praise of mediocrity atones for disparagement of genius is like one who should plead robbery in excuse of theft.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
The evidence writers did a great work, not lightly to be disparaged.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
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In poetry:

Yet is it no disparagement to you,
To see your Sauiour in a Shepheards weed,
Vnworthily presented in your viewe,
Whose worthinesse will grace each line you reade.
"The Authors Dreame To The Ladie Marie" by Aemilia Lanyer
Well know we our birthright may serve but to show
How the meanest of weeds in the richest soil grow;
But we need not disparage the good which we hold;
Though the vessels be earthen, the treasure is gold!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
They soon became like brothers from community of wrongs:
They wrote each other little odes and sang each other songs;
They told each other anecdotes disparaging their wives;
On several occasions, too, they saved each other's lives.
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Don't be so quick to disparage the famous twinkling of starlight.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — A US teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov Sam Brownback said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal's demand for a written apology.
To express a low opinion of:disparage.
Romney embraces ' world court, ' which top adviser John Bolton disparaged as 'illegitimate.
Although many disparage this place, the people, space, and lack of hassle make our region a superb place to live and raise kids.
He didn't woo LeBron James, court Dwyane Wade or disparage Keith Bogans.
Romney embraces 'world court,' which top adviser John Bolton disparaged as 'illegitimate.
The approved policy bars advertising that is disrespectful or disparaging and expands the types of political, religious and social issues ads that will be accepted.
Mitt Romney is trying to contain the fallout from a secretly recorded video where he makes disparaging remarks about 47 percent of Americans, without stepping away from his comments.
WASHINGTON — The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney's disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who e-mailed: "If I were you, I'd wonder why Romney hates America so much.".
Issac Bailey disparages South Carolina's schools, roads and health care.
Tweets disparaging Trojans receiver Robert Woods are sent by someone posing as Bruins' Randall Goforth UCLA Coach Jim Mora reaches out to USC's Lane Kiffin.
In vacation rentals, negative reviews and non-disparagement clauses.
) There are almost no limits on what some candidates will say to disparage opponents .
Of course, all skits or songs that use coarse language, disparage a certain demographic group, or involve inappropriate costumes should be banned outright.
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In science:

The results described here should not be seen as an attempt to discredit or disparage the previous work by Miller (1999), rather, it is simply a matter of a result with very important implications requiring confirmation, especially in an independent data set.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
I do not want to disparage the brilliant series of Mark’s papers of 19711976 in any way.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Given that the Loebner prize, as constituted, is at best a diversion of effort and attention and at worst a disparagement of the scientific community, what might a better alternative use of Dr.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
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