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In old English Law, an injury resulting from the comparison of a person or thing with an individual or thing of inferior quality; to discredit oneself by marriage below one's class. A statement made by one person that casts aspersions on another person's goods, property, or intangible things.

In torts, a considerable body of law has come about concerning interference with business or economic relations. The tort of injurious falsehood, or disparagement, is concerned with the publication of derogatory information about a person's title to his or her property, to his or her business in general, or anything else made for the purpose of discouraging people from dealing with the individual. Generally, if the aspersions are cast upon the quality of what the person has to sell, or the person's business itself, proof of damages is essential.

Disparagement of goods is a false or misleading statement by an entrepreneur about a competitor's goods. It is made with the intention of influencing people adversely so they will not buy the goods.

Disparagement of title is a false or malicious statement made about an individual's title to real or Personal Property. Such disparagement may result in a pecuniary loss due to impairment of vendibility that the defamatory statements might cause.




noun accusation, act of berating, act of running down, admonishment, adverse criticism, bad review, belittlement, belittling, blame, brand, complaint, condemnation, confutation, contempt, criticism, damnation, decrial, denigration, dénigrement, denouncement, denunciation, deprecation, depreciation, derogation, destructive criticism, detraction, disapproval, discontent, discourtesy, disesteem, dishonor, disillusionment, dislike, displeasure, disrespect, disrespectfulness, exception, faultfinding, hostile criticism, hypercriticism, impeachment, imputation, indignation, insinuation, invective, low estimation, low opinion, low valuation, mockery, muckraking, nonapproval, objection, objuration, obloquy, obtrectatio, outcry, overcriticalness, poor opinion, protest, rebuke, rejection, reprehension, reprimand, reproach, reprobation, reproof, revilement, ridicule, rude reproach, rudeness, scant respect, scolding, scorn, slighting lannuage, stigma, tirade, uncomplimentary remark, vilipendency, vituperation, want of respect
Associated concepts: disparagement of goods, disparageeent of property, disparagement of title
See also: aspersion, bad repute, blame, condemnation, contempt, criticism, culpability, defamation, denunciation, diatribe, disapprobation, disapproval, discredit, disdain, disgrace, dishonor, disrepute, disrespect, exception, ignominy, libel, notoriety, objection, obloquy, phillipic, profanity, reproach, revilement, ridicule, shame, slander

DISPARAGEMENT. An injury by union or comparison with some person or thing of inferior rank or excellence; as, while the infant was in ward, by the English law, the guardian had the power of tendering him a suitable match without disparagement. 2 Bl. Com. 70.

References in classic literature ?
Turveydrop's praises that I would not have said a word in his disparagement for any consideration.
I compared myself with Rattray, as a husband, and (with some sincerity) to my own disparagement.
It is still possible to discuss his place in art, and the adulation of his admirers is perhaps no less capricious than the disparagement of his detractors; but one thing can never be doubtful, and that is that he had genius.
Clayton spoke to the stranger in English, thanking him for his brave rescue and complimenting him on the wondrous strength and dexterity he had displayed, but the only answer was a steady stare and a faint shrug of the mighty shoulders, which might betoken either disparagement of the service rendered, or ignorance of Clayton's language.
He was humble and meek, filled with self- disparagement and abasement.
Don't stimulate it by contradiction; don't rouse it to defend itself by disparagement of her lost friend.
She sauntered to the door, looking from side to side, with an air of supreme disparagement, at the priceless treasures of art which adorned the walls.
It is no disparagement to Nicholas to say, that before he had been closeted with the two brothers ten minutes, he could only wave his hand at every fresh expression of kindness and sympathy, and sob like a little child.
When the decision was arrived at by the Gun Club, to the disparagement of Texas, every one in America, where reading is a universal acquirement, set to work to study the geography of Florida.
It is fundamentally a heathen work, and certain Christian ideas which have been inserted here and there, such as the mention of Cain as the ancestor of Grendel, and the disparagement of heathen gods, merely show that one of the later poets who had it in hand was a Christian.
I know, my dear, that there exists a considerable disparity between us in years, in temperament, and perhaps some other things; but let me assure you, I shall not be severe to mark the faults and foibles of a young and ardent nature such as yours, and while I acknowledge them to myself, and even rebuke them with all a father's care, believe me, no youthful lover could be more tenderly indulgent towards the object of his affections than I to you; and, on the other hand, let me hope that my more experienced years and graver habits of reflection will be no disparagement in your eyes, as I shall endeavour to make them all conducive to your happiness.
Now, after this short preface, we think it no disparagement to our heroe to mention the immoderate ardour with which he laid about him at this season.