1 : to lower in rank or reputation : degrade
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
"The rich attorney my character high
Tried vainly to disparage..."
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