disparage \ di-ˈsper-ij , -ˈspa-rij \ verb
: express a negative opinion of
The word disparage has appeared in 45 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 27 in “N.B.A. ‘Boycott’ or Strike: What’s the Difference?” by Derrick Bryson Taylor:
Asked about players’ use of the word “boycott,” Mr. Lenz noted that calling it a “strike” could have legal and financial ramifications given that the players have a no-strike clause in their collective bargaining agreement with the league.
“I think that in situations involving job actions and withholding of services, people are going to want to phrase it in a way that aligns with their interests,” he said. “That’s not to disparage anyone, given particularly the league seems to be aligned with the players on this. I think that removes a lot of the potential issues between players and teams and the league itself.”