from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of disparaging, of belittling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 to.

from The 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.

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

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


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  • 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

  • Wild Things has yet to garner a single star, even in disparagement, and Troll has been stuck at twelve reviews forever.

    ccfinlay: Shameless Huckstering

  • The language of disparagement is simply more vivid than the language of praise.

    In Praise of Dispraise

  • 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.

    Discourse Delivered on the Day of the Funeral of President Lincoln.

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • 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 Great Experiment

  • 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.

    ISO damages for false advertising and commercial disparagement

  • I have no "smack" or "trash" or whatever the kids are calling disparagement to talk here.

    Faith and Fear in Flushing

  • As the divorce case dragged on, the judge's concern about family "disparagement" appeared to deepen.

    Warned by the Court

  • Of course, it was a standard remark of disparagement, meaning that a given person had picayune magic.

    A Spell For Chameleon


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