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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Disparage, n. Also: dispa(i)riage. [ME. disparage (Chaucer), desperage (c 1315), OF. desparage.] Inequality of the parties in marriage. a1500 Prestis of Peblis 308.
Thus worschip and honour of lynnage Away it weris thus for thar disparage
1518 Sutherland Bk. 69.
To dispone apoun the said mariagis … , suay that thair be na dispariage
1523 Montgomery Mem. 96.
Failȝeing thairof, to be mariit with ane vthir kynniswoman … , without disparage
1562–3 Soc. Ant. XXIII. 58.
He hes … offerit to hir ane partie agreeable without dispairiage
1597 Skene Verb. S. s.v. Maritagivm.
The aire beand lauchfully required be the superiour … to marie ony agreeable partie without disparage offered to him

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