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Definition of disparage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

disparage

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disparage
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒ//
 
he / she / it disparages
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒɪz//
 
past simple disparaged
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒd//
 
past participle disparaged
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒd//
 
-ing form disparaging
BrE BrE//dɪˈspærɪdʒɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspærɪdʒɪŋ//
 
 
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disparage somebody/something (formal) to suggest that somebody/something is not important or valuable synonym belittle I don't mean to disparage your achievements. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘marry someone of unequal rank’, also ‘bring discredit on’): from Old French desparagier ‘marry someone of unequal rank’, based on Latin par ‘equal’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: disparage