disparage
[ dih-spar-ij ]
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Part of Speechverb
Origin + Etymology
late Middle Englishfrom the Old French desparagier "marry someone of unequal rank," based on Latin par "equal"
Synonyms
    1.
  • discredit underrate disgrace doubt
    2.
  • belittle degrade scorn ridicule
Antonyms
    1.
  • promote advocate recommend justify
    2.
  • support favor encourage reassure
Definition
1.to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of
2.to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle
Examples
1.A) The CEO's wrongdoing made consumers disparage the company on social media. B) The smoothie's large calorie count caused the athlete to disparage its health value.
2.A) Our mother taught us that it is never appropriate to disparage other people. B) Even though he was tempted to disparage her, he took a deep breath and kindly shared his thoughts.
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