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Definition to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
  • She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
  • The victors write the history and disparage their enemies.
  • disparage = criticize
  • They had an unspoken agreement not to disparage each other's religion.
  • disparage = criticize
  • Rather than respond to her criticisms, he disparaged her efforts as those of an amateur.
  • disparaged = criticized
  • In 1980, Pakistan made it illegal to make disparaging remarks against people revered in Islam.
  • disparaging = critical
  • I would neither overrule Miranda, disparage it, nor extend it at this late date.
    Chief Justice Warren Burger  --  US Supreme Court Case:  Rhode Island v. Innis, 446 U. S. 291, 304 (1980)
  • disparage = criticize
  • Yet where do we end when we systematically disparage politicians and discredit politics? For politics is the heart of democracy.
    Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.  --  commencement addresses, Middlebury College, 1994
  • The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    The Bill Of Rights
  • The New York Times followed suit with a multiparter on "Class in America," which aims to disparage the notion that the U.S. is a land of opportunity...
    Alan Reynolds  --  Class Struggle?  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books—books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • disparage = criticize
  • "She could've been looking at a bird behind you, stupid," came Hector's disparaging remark.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • disparaging = criticizing
  • As is the Chinese cook's custom, my mother always made disparaging remarks about her own cooking.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • disparaging = critical or belittling
  • "College! What do them fellas know?..." And he spat a brown disparaging comment on the ground.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
  • Is there anything meaner then to throw necessary work upon other people and then disparage it as unworthy and indelicate.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • disparage = criticize or make seem less important
  • But the disparaging of those we love always alienates us from them to some extent.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • disparaging = criticizing
  • Sometimes people of Asian background get offended when their culture is described this way, because they think that the stereotype is being used as a form of disparagement.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • disparagement = criticism
  • But do not think that by praising these I am disparaging the others; all I mean to say is that the penances of those of the present day do not come up to the asceticism and austerity of former times;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • disparaging = criticizing
  • ...her teasing and disparaging remarks about his beloved nation!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • disparaging = critical
  • Even a disparaging comment would be a personal link.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • disparaging = critical
  • There's an unwritten law that people in a certain social or financial bracket can name-drop as much as they like just as long as they say something terribly disparaging about the person as soon as they've dropped his name...
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
disparaging = critical

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