V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; 2. to undervalue; 3. to discredit

Synonyms: belittle, denigrate, degrade, demoralize, deride, deprecate, defame, undervalue, discredit

Antonyms: approve, commend, compliment, laud

Tips: Disparage is derived from the Middle French desparagier, "to marry below one's class." To disparage someone is to make the person feel inferior. Disparage is a more sophisticated way of saying "belittle." Disparaging someone is not a socially appropriate method of criticism. The related adjective is also disparaging.

Usage Examples:

A good manager would never disparage an employee in front of others. (belittle, demoralize)

Marine drill sergeants are known for their use of disparaging methods for recruits in boot camp. (denigrating, demoralizing) adjective

No matter how hard I work, my boss constantly disparages my efforts. (derides, belittles)

I know Iíve made some mistakes on this project, but please donít disparage me; I feel bad enough as it is. (belittle, deprecate)

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