[ dih-spar-ij ]
/ dɪˈspær ɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), dis·par·aged, dis·par·ag·ing.

to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.
to bring reproach or discredit upon; lower the estimation of: Your behavior will disparage the whole family.

Origin of disparage

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French desparag(i)er to match unequally, equivalent to des- dis-1 + -parag(i)er, derivative of parage equality, equivalent to par(er) to equalize (< Latin parāre; see peer1) + -age -age


dis·par·ag·er, noun un·dis·par·aged, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for disparage

/ (dɪˈspærɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)

to speak contemptuously of; belittle
to damage the reputation of

Derived forms of disparage

disparagement, noun disparager, noun disparaging, adjective disparagingly, adverb

Word Origin for disparage

C14: from Old French desparagier, from des- dis- 1 + parage equality, from Latin par equal