Definitions for: Disparage


[v] express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]

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

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.

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

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.


Dis"pa*rage`, n.
Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

Dissuaded her from such a disparage. --Spenser.

Synonyms: belittle, pick at

Antonyms: blandish, flatter

See Also: criticise, criticize, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, discredit, disgrace, minimize, pan, pick apart, tear apart, trash

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