Dis*par"age*ment (?), n. [Cf. OF. desparagement.]


Matching any one in marriage under his or her degree; injurious union with something of inferior excellence; a lowering in rank or estimation.


And thought that match a foul disparagement. Spenser.


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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