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Examples of disapprobation in a Sentence
the constant disapprobation of critics
there was widespread disapprobation of their mixed marriage in that narrow-minded community
Recent Examples of disapprobation from the Web
Latino kids are not rejected by their parents for being Latino, nor are most Muslims disowned by their parents for being Muslims, but those who are gay are often the target of their families’ disapprobation or outright hostility.
Gail O’Neill, a journalist and former model, said that for some, Ms. Keys has become a Rorschach test, and the disapprobation for the singer’s personal choice comes from women who are measuring themselves against it.
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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
Synonymsdeprecation, disapproval, discountenance, disesteem, disfavor, dislike, displeasure
Antonymsapprobation, approval, favor
Related Wordsdisrelish, distaste; rejection, thumbs-down; blame, censure, condemnation, criticism, denunciation, dispraise, opprobrium, reprehension, reproach, reprobation; antagonism, antipathy, hostility; belittlement, disparagement, objection, opposition
Near Antonymsacclaim, commendation, praise; endorsement (also indorsement), sanction, thumbs-up; empathy, sympathy
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