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 for disapproval

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Contemporary Examples of disapproval

Historical Examples of disapproval

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


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

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


    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



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

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

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