disparage [di spar′ij]
disparaged, disparaging [ME disparagen < OFr desparagier, to marry one of inferior rank < des- (see DIS-) + parage, rank < per, PEER1]
1. to lower in esteem; discredit
2. to speak slightingly of; show disrespect for; belittle
SYN.- to DISPARAGE is to attempt to lower in esteem, as by insinuation, invidious comparison, faint praise, etc.; to DEPRECIATE is to lessen (something) in value as by implying that it has less worth than is usually attributed to it [he depreciated her generosity ]; DECRY implies vigorous public denunciation, often from the best of motives [to decry corruption in government ]; BELITTLE is equivalent to DEPRECIATE, but stresses a contemptuous attitude in the speaker or writer; MINIMIZE suggests an ascription of the least possible value or importance [don't minimize your own efforts ] -ANT. EXTOL, PRAISE, MAGNIFY

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