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Pronunciation:  di'sparijmunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of speaking contemptuously of
  2. [n]  a communication that belittles somebody or something

DISPARAGEMENT is a 13 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: depreciation, derogation, dispraise
 See Also: aspersion, belittling, belittling, calumny, condescension, defamation, denigration, denigration, deprecation, detraction, detraction, disapproval, discourtesy, disdain, disrespect, hatchet job, obloquy, patronage, petty criticism, slur, sour grapes, traducement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*par"age*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. desparagement.]
1. Matching any one in marriage under his or her degree;
   injurious union with something of inferior excellence; a
   lowering in rank or estimation. [Eng.]

         And thought that match a foul disparagement.

2. Injurious comparison with an inferior; a depreciating or
   dishonoring opinion or insinuation; diminution of value;
   dishonor; indignity; reproach; disgrace; detraction; --
   commonly with to.

         It ought to be no disparagement to a star that it is
         not the sun.                          --South.

         Imitation is a disparagement and a degradation in a
         Christian minister.                   --I. Taylor.

Syn: Indignity; derogation; detraction; reproach; dishonor;
     debasement; degradation; disgrace.

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