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tr.v. dis·praised, dis·prais·ing, dis·prais·es
To express disapproval of; censure.
Disapproval; censure.

[Middle English dispreisen, from Old French despreiser, variant of desprisier, from Late Latin dēpretiāre; see depreciate.]

dis·prais′er n.
dis·prais′ing·ly adv.
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(tr) to express disapproval or condemnation of
the disapproval, etc, expressed
disˈpraiser n
disˈpraisingly adv
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v. -praised, -prais•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to speak of as undeserving or unworthy; censure.
2. an act or instance of dispraising.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French despreis(i)er=des- dis-1 + preis(i)er to praise]
dis•prais′er, n.
dis•prais′ing•ly, adv.
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Past participle: dispraised
Gerund: dispraising

I dispraise
you dispraise
he/she/it dispraises
we dispraise
you dispraise
they dispraise
I dispraised
you dispraised
he/she/it dispraised
we dispraised
you dispraised
they dispraised
Present Continuous
I am dispraising
you are dispraising
he/she/it is dispraising
we are dispraising
you are dispraising
they are dispraising
Present Perfect
I have dispraised
you have dispraised
he/she/it has dispraised
we have dispraised
you have dispraised
they have dispraised
Past Continuous
I was dispraising
you were dispraising
he/she/it was dispraising
we were dispraising
you were dispraising
they were dispraising
Past Perfect
I had dispraised
you had dispraised
he/she/it had dispraised
we had dispraised
you had dispraised
they had dispraised
I will dispraise
you will dispraise
he/she/it will dispraise
we will dispraise
you will dispraise
they will dispraise
Future Perfect
I will have dispraised
you will have dispraised
he/she/it will have dispraised
we will have dispraised
you will have dispraised
they will have dispraised
Future Continuous
I will be dispraising
you will be dispraising
he/she/it will be dispraising
we will be dispraising
you will be dispraising
they will be dispraising
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dispraising
you have been dispraising
he/she/it has been dispraising
we have been dispraising
you have been dispraising
they have been dispraising
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dispraising
you will have been dispraising
he/she/it will have been dispraising
we will have been dispraising
you will have been dispraising
they will have been dispraising
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dispraising
you had been dispraising
he/she/it had been dispraising
we had been dispraising
you had been dispraising
they had been dispraising
I would dispraise
you would dispraise
he/she/it would dispraise
we would dispraise
you would dispraise
they would dispraise
Past Conditional
I would have dispraised
you would have dispraised
he/she/it would have dispraised
we would have dispraised
you would have dispraised
they would have dispraised
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dispraise - the act of speaking contemptuously of
disapproval - the act of disapproving or condemning
belittling - the act of belittling
deprecation, denigration - the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
detraction - the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander); "let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken"
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References in classic literature ?
The curiosity which her woman had inspired was now greatly increased by Mrs Fitzpatrick, who spoke as much in favour of the person of Jones as she had before spoken in dispraise of his birth, character, and fortune.
Resistance to unjust dispraise had mingled with her feeling for him from the very first, and now in the rebound of her heart after her anguish the resistance was stronger than ever.
Hattersley, for I want to think well of him; and though I have spoken against him myself, it is for the last time: hereafter, I shall never permit myself to utter a word in his dispraise, however he may seem to deserve it; and whoever ventures to speak slightingly of the man I have promised to love, to honour, and obey, must expect my serious displeasure.
For strength from Truth divided and from Just, Illaudable, naught merits but dispraise And ignominie, yet to glorie aspires Vain glorious, and through infamie seeks fame: Therfore Eternal silence be thir doome.
Heaven forbid that she should say a syllable in dispraise of any member of that excellent family, above all, of my Lady, whom the whole world admires; but if my Lady would only be "a little more free," not quite so cold and distant, Mrs.
But call my attention to five pieces I did in dispraise of Tinubu, I will call yours to the three I did in his praise, at very grave danger to my life and career, even though Tinubu can't pick me up in a crowd.
The lack of masculine privilege that Jimson feels as a result of Ideal's (apparently imagined) "chronic dispraise" displaces onto Ideal his oppressions in the labor market (Polite 1967, 112).
Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail Or knock the breast; no weakness, no contempt, Dispraise or blame; nothing but well and fair, And what may quiet us in a death so noble.
Nevertheless, Iranians honor themselves for knowledge and rationalism (Bar, 2004); they value responsibility and dispraise favoritism (Gable, 1959).
One day, Ginnosuke and Bunpei came to the temple to visit him, their talks involves Inoko, Bunpei shows his dispraise to Inoko.
Habito's 'The trouble with lawyers' (Opinion, 2/3/17), I was half-expecting that somewhere along the way, he would quote Shakespeare's 'first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.' He didn't; he must have correctly understood that it was said in praise, not in dispraise, of the legal profession.
the commendation of good pastors and shame and dispraise of idle and ambitious goatherds in the seventh, the loose and reckless living of popish prelates in the ninth (102-03).