disparage | disparagement | disparagingly

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criticize in a disrespectful way

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disparage - criticize

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To ‘disparage’ means to belittle or express an overly critical opinion of somebody or something in a dismissive way. The word implies that the accusation or slight is unfair, and that the person making it is acting in a superior or haughty manner. As such, the term has negative connotations.

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Synonyms defame
Antonyms compliment,flatter

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  1. I wasn’t surprised to see Jane disparage Emily’s contribution to the project. Everyone knows she has a personal problem with her.

  2. The politician claimed that there was a hidden agenda behind the media’s disparagement of his recent policy proposal.

  3. The journalist referred to me disparagingly in her article. I am considering suing for defamation.

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