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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.

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The watchdog criticized Erdogan's public disparagement of journalists, the use of pressure tactics to encourage self-censorship, and the launching of thousands of criminal cases against reporters on charges such as "denigrating Turkishness".
As a result of the Alar incident and the apple industry's lack of legal recourse for its losses, the food industry was successful in passing specific food disparagement laws in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas.
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In part, the resolution states, "The National League of Cities reaffirms the principle of civility as a foundation for democracy and calls on local leaders to promote and model civil public discourse, setting an example for others in resolving differences constructively and without disparagement of others.