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used in Bleak House

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to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
  • Heaven forbid that I should disparage my dear child, but he has—no deportment.
    Chapters 13-15 (53% in)
disparage = criticize
  • Ada and I agreed, as we talked together for a little while upstairs, that this caprice about the wind was a fiction and that he used the pretence to account for any disappointment he could not conceal, rather than he would blame the real cause of it or disparage or depreciate any one.
    Chapters 4-6 (98% in)
  • That without any affectation of disparaging such professional distinction as I may have attained (which our friend Mr. Carstone will have many opportunities of estimating), I am not so weak—no, really," said Mr. Badger to us generally, "so unreasonable—as to put my reputation on the same footing with such first-rate men as Captain Swosser and Professor Dingo.
    Chapters 13-15 (15% in)
  • So we took our departure after a very loving farewell between Caddy and her betrothed, and during our walk she was so happy and so full of old Mr. Turveydrop's praises that I would not have said a word in his disparagement for any consideration.
    Chapters 22-24 (51% in)
  • Under this provocation, Mr. Smallweed's favourite adjective of disparagement is so close to his tongue that he begins the words "my dear friend" with the monosyllable "brim," thus converting the possessive pronoun into brimmy and appearing to have an impediment in his speech.
    Chapters 25-27 (73% in)
  • I only wish," says the trooper, giving himself a disparaging blow in the chest, "that I knew of any one who'd buy such a second-hand piece of old stores."
    Chapters 34-36 (11% in)
  • A fine handsome youth he was, and good in his bold way, though some people did disparage him to his poor mother.
    Chapters 34-36 (24% in)
  • Besides, I never disparage, sir.
    Chapters 37-39 (78% in)
  • I never disparage.
    Chapters 37-39 (78% in)
  • So might an industrious fox or bear make up his account of chickens or stray travellers with an eye to his cubs, not to disparage by that word the three raw-visaged, lank, and buttoned-up maidens who dwell with the parent Vholes in an earthy cottage situated in a damp garden at Kennington.
    Chapters 37-39 (84% in)

There are no more uses of "disparage" in Bleak House.

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