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disapproval

[dis-uh-proo-vuh l]
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noun
  1. the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.

Origin of disapproval

First recorded in 1655–65; dis-1 + approval
Related formsself-dis·ap·prov·al, noun

Synonyms

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disapprobation, dislike, condemnation.
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Examples from the Web for disapproval

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  • She looked at K. defiantly, but there was no disapproval in his eyes.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She went out of the room with disapproval in every line of her back.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • But the shack filled with his disapproval of her reluctance to free him from his promise.

    Dust

    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • He looked with interest and curiosity and some disapproval at the couple.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • That surely would have been sufficient indication of their disapproval.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill


British Dictionary definitions for disapproval

disapproval

noun
  1. the act or a state or feeling of disapproving; censure; condemnation
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Word Origin and History for disapproval

n.

1660s; see disapprove + -al (2).

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