Dis·par·age v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disparaged p. pr. & vb. n. Disparaging ]
1. To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage. [Obs.]
Alas! that any of my nation
Should ever so foul disparaged be. --Chaucer.
2. To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue.
Those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious. --Bp. Atterbury.
Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms. --Milton.
Syn: -- To decry; depreciate; undervalue; underrate; cheapen; vilify; reproach; detract from; derogate from; degrade; debase. See Decry.
Dis·pa·rage n. Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior. [Obs.]
Dissuaded her from such a disparage. --Spenser.
v : express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's
efforts" [syn: belittle, pick at] [ant: flatter]