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dis- +‎ approbation


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˌæpɹəˈbeɪʃən/
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disapprobation (countable and uncountable, plural disapprobations)

  1. An act or expression of condemnation or disapproval, especially on moral grounds.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, chapter 6, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar [], OCLC 928184292, book 13:
      Though a gentle sigh, which stole from the bosom of Nancy, seemed to argue some secret disapprobation of these sentiments, she did not dare openly to oppose them.
    • 1813 January 27, [Jane Austen], chapter 22, in Pride and Prejudice, volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: [] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton [], OCLC 38659585:
      Elizabeth would wonder, and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such disapprobation.
    • 1859, John Stuart Mill, “(please specify the page)”, in On Liberty, London: John W[illiam] Parker and Son, [], OCLC 2469480:
      And not only these acts, but the dispositions which lead to them, are properly immoral, and fit subjects of disapprobation which may rise to abhorrence.
    • 1921, D. H. Lawrence, “Chapter I”, in Sea and Sardinia[1]:
      No one seems to think so, however. Yet they view my arrival with a knapsack on my back with cold disapprobation, as unseemly as if I had arrived riding on a pig. I ought to be in a carriage, and the knapsack ought to be a new suitcase.


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