dispraise

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French despreisier.

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dispraise (third-person singular simple present dispraises, present participle dispraising, simple past and past participle dispraised)

  1. To notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage, to criticize.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts XIII:
      They spake agaynst it, and dispraysed it, raylinge on it.
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      Although I dispraise not the defence of just immunities, yet love my peace better, if that were all.
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial 2007, p. 157:
      He became familiar with that habit of mind which dispraises what it most envies and admires: with that habit of mind which desires only what it cannot have.