disparaging means expressing negative opinions or criticisms in a way that shows little respect or admiration for someone or something.


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In November 2018, Trump disparaged a US district judge who had ruled against his administration’s policy regarding asylum-seekers at the southern border. “This was an Obama judge, and I’ll tell you what, it’s not going to happen like this anymore,” Trump said of US District Judge Jon Tigar as he spoke to reporters outside the White House. “We will win that case in the Supreme Court of the United States.”

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“While specific details will be incredibly valuable to Russia and other adversaries, these are not bombshell revelations: journalists had already reported Ukrainian ammunition running low; peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv were never likely; allies have long been aware that the US eavesdrops on them; and the disparaging assessment of Ukraine’s forthcoming offensive may prove no more accurate than previous predictions were.” These will not prove as damaging as the Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning disclosures.

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Lastly, the coup needs useful intellectuals to draw the sting from any critics. Step up last week the academic Matthew Goodwin, who has morphed from studying the right to becoming an active rightwing advocate, arguing that a liberal elite constituting Emily Maitlis, Gary Lineker and Emma Watson (some elite!) has the country in its thrall, out of step with virtuous mainstream working-class opinion who it haughtily disparages . Yes, it is possible to understand why many in the working class in “red wall” seats want strong defence and immigration policies and think climate change is only a middle-class preoccupation – but that does not mean that objectively the “stop the boats” policy is not cruel and inhumane, that climate change is bogus or that Brexit has nothing to do with queues at Dover.

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While legacy cases, such as the litigation brought by Holden, were being hailed by some as a quest for truth and justice, they were disparaged by others as an attempt to distract from the murder and mayhem caused by the IRA.

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Brian Olney pointed out your excessive use of “a club of mostly rich countries” to describe the OECD (Letters, March 25th). He was being too kind. The phrase is inaccurate and insipid. “Mostly rich” does not describe Luxembourg; “blessedly rich” would be more like it. Should the countries that do not fall under the definition of “mostly rich” be asked to leave? And why use the somewhat disparaging “club”? Do OECD members sit around in upholstered chairs in some stuffy Victorian building in the West End of London?

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Early Sunday, Musk tweeted that the Times’ check mark would be removed. Later he posted disparaging remarks about the newspaper, which has aggressively reported on Twitter and on flaws with partially automated driving systems at Tesla, the electric car company, which Musk also runs.

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But a user pointed out to Musk over the weekend that the newspaper had said publicly it would not be paying a monthly fee for checkmark status, so Musk said he would remove the mark and also disparaged the newspaper’s reporting.

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“The local textile industry is expensive and the quality is not as good as imported products,” she said. “I’m not trying to disparage the industry but if you want branded clothes at an affordable price, the only way to get them is second-hand from abroad.”

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Early on Sunday, Musk tweeted that the Times would lose its check mark, later making disparaging remarks about the paper which has aggressively reported on Twitter and on flaws with partially automated driving systems at Tesla, the electric car company, which Musk also runs.

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(Ethnicity, as he defines it, is not just “blood ties” but also “language, manners, customs, stories, taboos, rituals, calendars, social expectations, duties, loves, and religion.”) At one point, Wolfe disparages “ethnic identity politics,” but elsewhere he suggests that “in some cases amicable ethnic separation along political lines” might be beneficial for everyone.

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Indeed, these disparaging references recall a long history of dehumanizing Asians and other groups.


Trump has continued to hammer DeSantis in recent weeks — using disparaging nicknames to describe his rival, pointing to polls showing the governor lagging behind him and suggesting that DeSantis would be working in a law office, a cigar store or a pizza parlor if Trump had not endorsed him and helped boost his candidacy for governor in 2018.

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In May 2019, the House Republican Caucus held a 45-24 no-confidence vote on then-Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada (R) after text messages emerged that showed the chamber’s top leader encouraged or approved of his chief of staff making disparaging and sexual comments about women, including interns and a lobbyist.

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NPR has maintained since last week that Twitter and Musk were seeking to disparage it and other publicly funded news organizations by associating them with government propaganda outlets, such as Russia’s RT and the Chinese Communist Party’s CCTV and People’s Daily media outlets — all of which bear a “state-affiliated media” tag on Twitter.

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Trump is the first former or sitting U.S. president to be criminally charged, and in his speech he sought to tie his own legal troubles to the NRA as he once again disparaged the prosecutor in one case.

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Whatever the intent of Whitworth’s letter was, its immediate effect was to make him as much a target of rage as Mulvaney herself. His missive was almost roundly disparaged in tens of thousands of Twitter replies, either for failing to stand by Mulvaney or for not explicitly disavowing her. Anheuser-Busch used a new Twitter feature to hide hundreds of more obscene replies that attacked Mulvaney, Whitworth and Budweiser itself.

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I was widowed in 2012. I started dating again about four years later. My daughter started making disparaging remarks about my dating. We talked about it. I helped her realize that, although I recognized her grief was still raw, her dad was gone, and I was still here. I explained that my goal was not to replace him. I asked her whether she expected me to be alone for the rest of my life. She begrudgingly agreed.

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But the network kept pushing the conspiracy storyline, spooked by worries that viewers would abandon Fox and turn to far-right networks like Newsmax and One America News if Fox didn’t support Trump’s false claims. (Dominion has also sued Newsmax and OAN.) Scott, the CEO, appeared to be especially concerned, disparaging Fox journalists for the manner in which they combated the misinformation.

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After his loss to Gilbert Burns, hometown UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal praised Mr Trump as the “greatest president in history” and led the Miami crowd in a “let’s go Brandon chant”, a disparaging reference to President Joe Biden.

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But a user pointed out to Musk over the weekend that the newspaper had said publicly it wouldn't be paying a monthly fee for check-mark status, so Musk said he would remove the mark and also disparaged the newspaper's reporting.

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Keating said Wong “went out of her way to turn her back on what she disparaged as ‘black and white’ binary choices, speaking platitudinally about keeping ‘the balance of power’, but having not a jot of an idea as to how this might be achieved.”

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In the 1870s and 1880s, CSR expanded into milling cane in Queensland and Fiji. It profited from the use of what was effectively slave labour through the abduction and importation of tens of thousands of South Sea Islanders, who were disparagingly called “Kanakas” (a Hawaiian word meaning “man”).

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Left unmentioned were Carlson’s two-year-old private text message s, revealed in a defamation case against the network, in which he disparaged Trump and talked eagerly of putting the former president behind him. In one of the exchanges, from Jan. 4, 2021, Carlson wrote that “we are very, very close to being able to ignore Trump most nights” and “I truly can’t wait.”

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Twitter earlier in April removed the verification check mark on the main account of The New York Times, singling out the newspaper and disparaging its reporting after it said it would not pay Twitter for verification of its institutional accounts.

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Despite the judge's request at the hearing that Trump show restraint when discussing the case, hours later the former president delivered an address where he disparaged the case as "fake" and labeled the charges against him as election interference.

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Twitter earlier in April removed the verification check mark on the main account of The New York Times, singling out the newspaper and disparaging its reporting after it said it would not pay Twitter for verification of its institutional accounts.

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Some point out that the organization has taken action against others for political statements. The organization fired GINA CHIRILLO, who previously served as the IFES’ senior global gender specialist, on March 10 after she posted a strongly-worded tweet calling out President JOE BIDEN for vetoing Washington D.C.’s new crime bill. IFES told Chirillo she violated the organization’s social media policy by tweeting a “ disparaging ” post.

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A stream of ugly would have been on the Fox image, day after day, as Dominion made its case. Even after the case concluded and went to appeals, the Fox brand would have been further stigmatized, and shame and disparagement would have been leveled at Murdoch, Fox executives and Fox hosts Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Maria Bartiromo, Laura Ingraham and Bret Baier, all of whom Dominion planned to put on the witness stand. Getting out from under all of that hurt for {$}787.

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I am not massively worried about being considered less attractive. Nor am I concerned about looking older or being called a "slaphead," as we're disparagingly known in Britain. It's the loss of identity I struggle with.

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The radio host has faced heavy scrutiny related to his long history of disparaging remarks about women, and he has been accused of domestic violence and of brandishing a gun in 2015 by his then-fiancée and former employee Alexandra Datig. Elder has denied the allegations.

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The FDA, physicians and drug makers widely disparaged Kacsmaryk’s usurping of the agency’s scientific expertise.

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Many are members of the Reform movement, the biggest Jewish denomination in the US but a small one in Israel, which has been unusually critical of Israeli government policy over the attempts to curb the power of the judiciary. Golan has previously disparaged the Reform movement.

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While we were eating, I mentioned that most of my new team, including my boss, are women, and that both the dynamic and work-life balance were better than the former firm. He responded with “This may sound sexist, but … ” and continued on to make a disparaging remark about women.

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The comparison with Satan was unusual. But Republicans often disparage ESG efforts with references to the global connections of top funds and characterize industry efforts like the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative as radical.

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Since then, however, DeSantis has faced heightened scrutiny and a barrage of disparaging nicknames and policy attacks from Trump and his allies. A pro-Trump super PAC has already spent almost {$}4 million attacking DeSantis on cable TV, according to data from the media tracking firm AdImpact.

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