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disparage

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English, from Old French desparager, from des- + parage (equal rank, rank).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈpæɹɪdʒ/

NounEdit

disparage (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.8:
      But, for his meane degree might not aspire / To match so high, her friends with counsell sage / Dissuaded her from such a disparage […].

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VerbEdit

disparage (third-person singular simple present disparages, present participle disparaging, simple past and past participle disparaged)

  1. To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor.
  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.
    • Bishop Atterbury
      those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious
    • Milton
      Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms.
  3. To ridicule, mock, discredit.

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