Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Disparage

Disparage (transitive verb):
1 : to lower in rank or reputation : degrade
2 : to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison) : speak slightingly about

Etymology: Middle English, to degrade by marriage below one's class, disparage, from Anglo-French desparager to marry below one's class, from des- dis- + parage equality, lineage, from per peer

First Known Use: 14th century


"The rich attorney my character high
Tried vainly to disparage..."

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Tags: d, middle english, verb, wordsmith: med_cat

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