disparagement

Disparagement is belittlement. When Prince William married Catherine Middleton, there was some disparagement by the public of her non-royal background. Snobs.

Disparagement comes from the Old French desparagier, meaning "marry someone of unequal rank." Disparagement is the act of speaking about someone in a negative or belittling way, and doesn't have to be related to weddings. If someone wins an election because of sneaky, dishonest ads, you can be sure that there will be plenty of disparagement of that candidate in the back rooms of the defeated politician.

Definitions of disparagement
  1. noun
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
    synonyms: depreciation, derogation
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    cold water
    disparagement of a plan or hope or expectation
    belittling, denigration
    a belittling comment
    aspersion, slur
    a disparaging remark
    detraction, petty criticism
    a petty disparagement
    sour grapes
    disparagement of something that is unattainable
    condescension, disdain, patronage
    a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
    a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
    ethnic slur
    a slur on someone's race or language
    assassination, blackwash, character assassination
    an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation
    malignment, smear, vilification
    slanderous defamation
    libel
    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
    slander
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    name calling, names
    verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument
    epithet, name
    a defamatory or abusive word or phrase
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    discourtesy, disrespect
    an expression of lack of respect
  2. noun
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
    synonyms: dispraise
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    belittling
    the act of belittling
    denigration, deprecation
    the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
    detraction
    the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
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    disapproval
    the act of disapproving or condemning
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