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[dis-ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs æp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
disapproval; condemnation.
Origin of disapprobation
First recorded in 1640-50; dis-1 + approbation
Related forms
self-disapprobation, noun Unabridged
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  • The Address produced comparatively little applause and no manifestations of disapprobation.

  • It was mingled with expressions of disapprobation or sympathy.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • She had spoken of Captain De Baron with disapprobation certainly, but had not spoken of him as a fatal danger.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • disapprobation hurt me, I found—even that of people whom I did not admire.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • He did this to signalise his disapprobation of royalty, and his preference for democratic equality.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • He had expressed his disapprobation of the Stamp Act in unqualified terms.

  • Too cautious to commit herself in words, this lady expressed doubt and disapprobation by her looks.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • Other expressions of alarm or disapprobation might be cited.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • Hitherto she had kept to herself the disapprobation which she felt at Ned's using the new machinery.

    Through the Fray G. A. Henty
  • The events of the earlier afternoon had tended to add to his disapprobation of the other.

British Dictionary definitions for disapprobation


moral or social disapproval
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Word Origin and History for disapprobation

1640s; see dis- + approbation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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