disapprobation

noun dis·ap·pro·ba·tion \ (ˌ)dis-ˌa-prə-ˈbā-shən \

Definition of disapprobation

:the act or state of disapproving :the state of being disapproved :condemnation

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Examples of disapprobation in a Sentence

  1. the constant disapprobation of critics

  2. there was widespread disapprobation of their mixed marriage in that narrow-minded community

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Did You Know?

Disapprobation is not only a synonym of "disapproval" but a relative as well. Both words were coined in the mid-17th century by adding the prefix dis-, meaning "the opposite or absence of," to earlier and more "approving" words: synonyms "approbation" and "approval." The Latin verb approbare, meaning "to approve," is an ancestor of both of those words. Another descendant of "approbare" in English is "approbate," which, as you may have guessed by now, means "to approve."

First Known Use of disapprobation

1647



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