Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The matching of a man or a woman to one of inferior rank or condition, and against the rules of decency.
  • noun Injury by union or comparison with something of inferior excellence.
  • noun The act of undervaluing or lowering the estimation or character of a person or thing; the act of depreciating; detraction.
  • noun Diminution of value or excellence; reproach; disgrace; indignity; dishonor: as, poverty is no disparagement to greatness.
  • noun Synonyms Derogation, depreciation, debasement, degradation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun engraving Matching any one in marriage under his or her degree; injurious union with something of inferior excellence; a lowering in rank or estimation.
  • noun Injurious comparison with an inferior; a depreciating or dishonoring opinion or insinuation; diminution of value; dishonor; indignity; reproach; disgrace; detraction; -- commonly with to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of disparaging, of belittling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of speaking contemptuously of
  • noun a communication that belittles somebody or something

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

  • 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?"

    Good Friday in Oaxaca

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