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

n a communication that belittles somebody or something

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
a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
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

n the act of speaking contemptuously of

the act of belittling
denigration, deprecation
the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
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the act of disapproving or condemning

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