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  • Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.
  • To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage.
  • To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Dis*par"age (?; 48), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disparaged (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Disparaging (?).] [OF. desparagier, F. déparager, to marry unequally; pref. des- (L. dis-) + F. parage extraction, lineage, from L. par equal, peer. See Peer.] 1. To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor by an unequal marriage. [Obs.]

Alas! that any of my nation
Should ever so foul disparaged be.
Chaucer.

2. To dishonor by a comparison with what is inferior; to lower in rank or estimation by actions or words; to speak slightingly of; to depreciate; to undervalue.

Those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious.
Bp. Atterbury.

Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms.
Milton.

Syn. -- To decry; depreciate; undervalue; underrate; cheapen; vilify; reproach; detract from; derogate from; degrade; debase. See Decry.

Dis"pa*rage` (?), n. Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Dissuaded her from such a disparage.
Spenser.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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