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disparage

dis·par·age

disparage

 
pronunciation:
dih spae rihj
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disparaged, disparages, disparaging
definition 1: to depreciate or belittle, esp. in speech.
With the way he disparages that child, it's a wonder the boy has any self-confidence.
synonyms:
belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, mock
antonyms:
applaud, appreciate, compliment, exalt, praise
similar words:
attack, captious, cheapen, decry, deride, diminish, dishonor, pooh-pooh, put down, revile, ridicule, run down, slur
definition 2: to lower in esteem or rank; degrade.
synonyms:
abase, debase, degrade, demean, discredit, disgrace
antonyms:
promote
similar words:
devalue, dishonor, downgrade, reproach, shame, vitiate
derivations: disparaging (adj.), disparagingly (adv.), disparager (n.)