Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The matching of a man or a woman to one of inferior rank or condition, and against the rules of decency.
- n. Injury by union or comparison with something of inferior excellence.
- n. The act of undervaluing or lowering the estimation or character of a person or thing; the act of depreciating; detraction.
- n. Diminution of value or excellence; reproach; disgrace; indignity; dishonor: as, poverty is no disparagement to greatness.
- n. Synonyms Derogation, depreciation, debasement, degradation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. engraving Matching any one in marriage under his or her degree; injurious union with something of inferior excellence; a lowering in rank or estimation.
- n. Injurious comparison with an inferior; a depreciating or dishonoring opinion or insinuation; diminution of value; dishonor; indignity; reproach; disgrace; detraction; -- commonly with
- n. the act of speaking contemptuously of
- n. a communication that belittles somebody or something
“While the word is not always used in disparagement, it is never used as a compliment except as a possible term of affection among close friends just as a close Alabama friend of mine might exclaim to this Alabama boy, "Bubba, you ole redneck, how are you?”
“Wild Things has yet to garner a single star, even in disparagement, and Troll has been stuck at twelve reviews forever.”
“The language of disparagement is simply more vivid than the language of praise.”
“And yet I do not sympathize with much that has been said in disparagement of his intellect, although mere mental gifts, of the highest order, might well have been eclipsed, in the popular estimation, by the sublimity of that moral power which overshadowed all his other qualities.”
“Secondly, Others, probably, mentioned it in disparagement and contempt of him: Whatever he seems to have, he cannot really have any true learning, for he was never at the university, nor took his degree.”
“Rice’s article, published in Foreign Affairs, was read widely and analyzed closely, since she was among the most influential of “the Vulcans” advising Governor George W. Bush.16 For her, like other Republican critics of the Clinton administration, “nation-building” became a term of disparagement for what the United States was doing in Haiti and the Balkans.”
“The defendant argued that the jury was improperly instructed on the standard of fault required for commercial disparagement aka injurious falsehood or trade libel, since that tort requires actual malice and the jury was instructed that negligence was sufficient.”
“I have no "smack" or "trash" or whatever the kids are calling disparagement to talk here.”
“As the divorce case dragged on, the judge's concern about family "disparagement" appeared to deepen.”
“Of course, it was a standard remark of disparagement, meaning that a given person had picayune magic.”
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It's an odd-looking pattern in English. Please add words if it makes you happy. :) K-POW! Wow @gulyasrobi!
The stranger, the better.
From Wuthering Heights
Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.
~ Ambrose Bierce
Some words I love the meaning but the word itself doesn't do much for me, others are the opposite. This list reflects words that are pleasing to my ear and brain, equally.
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