Today’s Word: disparage

November 16, 2017     =========

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This is a formal word, meaning that you speak about something or someone in a way that shows that you do not have a good opinion of them. If you disparage someone, you regard them as being worthless. It’s quite a harsh word, so hopefully you won’t hear it too often!

As I said though, it is mostly used in formal situations. Words that have a similar meaning, that are less formal are words such as these: belittle (we had this word in October), run down, put down, and ridicule. But again, hopefully, you won’t be needing these words! Unless of course it’s to say something like, “Please stop disparaging him, especially as he is not here to defend himself.”