disparage

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English disparage (noun), disparagen (verb), from Old French desparage (noun), desparagier (verb), from des- + parage (equal rank, rank).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈpæɹɪd͡ʒ/
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Noun[edit]

disparage (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (obsolete) 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.
    • August 30, 1706, Francis Atterbury, a sermon preach'd in the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, at the funeral of Mr. Tho. Bennet
      those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes
      Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms.
  3. To ridicule, mock, discredit.
    • 1878, Mrs. Forrest-Grant, Riversdale Court: A Novel
      Had he disparaged my personal appearance I should in all probability have laughed at him with lively indifference

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French desparage; equivalent to dis- +‎ parage.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /disˌpaˈraːdʒ(ə)/, /disˈparadʒ(ə)/, /dɛs-/

Noun[edit]

disparage (uncountable) (rare)

  1. Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.
  2. Ignominy, shame; the state of lacking respect.
Descendants[edit]
  • English: disparage
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French desparagier.

Verb[edit]

disparage

  1. Alternative form of disparagen.