Disparage vs Berate - What's the difference?

disparage | berate |

As verbs the difference between disparage and berate

is that disparage is to match unequally; to degrade or dishonor while berate is to chide or scold vehemently.

As a noun disparage

is (obsolete) inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.




  • (obsolete) Inequality in marriage; marriage with an inferior.
  • * 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.8:
  • But, for his meane degree might not aspire / To match so high, her friends with counsell sage / Dissuaded her from such a disparage […].


  • To match unequally; to degrade or dishonor.
  • 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.
  • * Bishop Atterbury
  • those forbidding appearances which sometimes disparage the actions of men sincerely pious
  • * Milton
  • Thou durst not thus disparage glorious arms.
  • To ridicule, mock, discredit.
  • See also

    * vilipend * belittle * denigrate * excoriate




  • To chide or scold vehemently.
  • * 1896 , , Seats Of The Mighty , ch. 13:
  • Gabord, still muttering, turned to us again, and began to berate the soldiers for their laziness.
  • * 1914 , , The Gods of Mars , ch. 21:
  • A thousand times I berated myself for being drawn into such a trap as I might have known these pits easily could be.
  • * 1917 , , Jerry of the Islands , ch. 14:
  • Lenerengo, as usual, forgot everything else in the fiercer pleasure of berating her spouse.
  • * 2008 , Alex Perry, " The Man Who Would Be (Congo's) King," Time , 27 Nov.:
  • During the rally, he berates the crowd for their cowardice.
  • * 2011 , Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/15210221.stm]
  • France were supposedly a team in pieces, beaten by Tonga just a week ago and with coach Marc Lievremont publicly berating his players, but so clear-cut was their victory that much of the atmosphere had been sucked from the contest long before the end.


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