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Chris -- 2011-03-08
When we disparage another person, we employ a word that once described unequal, cross-class marriages. “Disparage” is literally “dis-peer-age.” The connubial aspect has been largely forgotten, however. The modern meaning of the term is to degrade/slight/vilify/discredit.
If you disparage someone too much, you might cause the person to despair:
: “I am not out to despairage any of HP printers”
: “Why are you attempting to despairage him with that? ”
: “I am well within my rights to despairage the product when it doesn’t work”
Hundreds of similar examples on the web.
Last edited by kem (2013-09-28 17:05:01)
You might also despairage something because you have come to despair of its ever functioning as you want it to.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .