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dispraise

[dis-preyz]
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verb (used with object), dis·praised, dis·prais·ing.
  1. to speak of as undeserving or unworthy; censure; disparage.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of dispraising; censure.
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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 formsdis·prais·er, noundis·prais·ing·ly, adverbself-dis·praise, noun
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Related Words

knockcriticizedecrysquelchdiscreditderidescorndownplaydisparageunderestimatelowerundervalueminimizevetodenounceopposerejectdislikedeploreomit

Examples from the Web for dispraise

Historical Examples

  • Far be it from me to write a word in dispraise of Alexander Wilson.

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851

    Various

  • May I dispraise another's commodity to draw the buyer to my own?

  • His modeling arouses tempests, either of dispraise or idolatry.

  • Although I dispraise not the defence of just immunities, yet love my peace better, if that were all.

    Areopagitica

    John Milton

  • Yet I own, it doth increase it, and not so only, but dispraise doth diminish it.


British Dictionary definitions for dispraise

dispraise

verb
  1. (tr) to express disapproval or condemnation of
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noun
  1. the disapproval, etc, expressed
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Derived Formsdispraiser, noundispraisingly, adverb
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