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[dis-preyz] /dɪsˈpreɪz/
verb (used with object), dispraised, dispraising.
to speak of as undeserving or unworthy; censure; disparage.
an act or instance of dispraising; censure.
Origin of dispraise
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French despreis(i)er, equivalent to des- dis-1 + preis(i)er to praise
Related forms
dispraiser, noun
dispraisingly, adverb
self-dispraise, noun Unabridged
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  • This is not to dispraise the hills of Man, but only to rescue them from the ignominy of an obvious, but quite unfair, comparison.

    The Isle of Man Joseph E. Morris
  • This the critics allow me, and while they like my wares, they may dispraise my writing.

  • Never shall it be told in Christendom, to my dispraise, that sweet France fell into contempt through me.

  • She sighed a murmur of dispraise, At which, methought, the rafters shook.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Esteem is gained and dispraise is avoided by putting one's efficiency in evidence.

  • Memorize what Aesop said in praise of the tongue, and what he said in dispraise of it.

    De La Salle Fifth Reader Brothers of the Christian Schools
  • His modeling arouses tempests, either of dispraise or idolatry.

  • I am not conscious, that I have written any thing of this man, that has not been more in his dispraise than in his favour.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Names of this kind are sometimes given by the Arabs not in dispraise, but as prophetic of great achievements.

  • "I'd be slow to take Master Bob's word, either in praise or dispraise of any man," said the first speaker.

    Sir Jasper Carew Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for dispraise


(transitive) to express disapproval or condemnation of
the disapproval, etc, expressed
Derived Forms
dispraiser, noun
dispraisingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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