dis·​praise (ˌ)dis-ˈprāz How to pronounce dispraise (audio)
dispraised; dispraising; dispraises

transitive verb

: to comment on with disapproval or censure
dispraise noun
dispraiser noun
dispraisingly adverb

Examples of dispraise in a Sentence

the movie is an old-fashioned romance, and in calling it that, I don't mean to dispraise it at all

Word History


Middle English dispraisen, from Anglo-French despreiser, despriser, from des- dis- + preiser to praise

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dispraise was in the 13th century

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“Dispraise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispraise. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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