The Latin par, meaning "equal," gave us terms like these:
To disparage things or people is to talk trash about them: to talk about them as if they're less valuable or less worthy than they actually are.
Colbert often introduces his subjects with a photo and a vaguely disparaging description, e.g, "the head of the EPA and guy who calls pants 'slacks,' Scott Pruitt."
Explain the meaning of "disparage" without saying "smear" or "denigrate."
Fill in the blanks: "We were warned against disparaging (someone or some group) by (doing something in particular that's lazy, trashy, insulting, insensitive, etc.)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A near opposite of DISPARAGE is
Make Your Point is crafted with love and brought to you each weekday morning by Liesl Johnson, a reading and writing tutor on a mission to explore, illuminate, and celebrate words.