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dis- +‎ approbation


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˌæpɹəˈbeɪʃən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


disapprobation (countable and uncountable, plural disapprobations)

  1. An act or expression of condemnation or disapproval, especially on moral grounds.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, “What arrived while the Company were at Breakfast, with some Hints concerning the Government of Daughters”, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume V, London: A[ndrew] Millar, [], →OCLC, book XIII, page 48:
      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 XXII, in Pride and Prejudice: [], volume I, London: [] [George Sidney] for T[homas] Egerton, [], →OCLC, page 287:
      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.
    • 1838, [Letitia Elizabeth] Landon (indicated as editor), chapter X, in Duty and Inclination: [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC, page 131:
      Believe me, I have no warmer sentiment to bestow; and even if I had I could not indulge it, since it would meet with the decided disapprobation of my family, and never could I bring myself to act in opposition to them.
    • 1859, John Stuart Mill, “Applications”, in On Liberty, London: John W[illiam] Parker and Son, [], →OCLC, page 140:
      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[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, “As Far as Palermo”, in Sea and Sardinia, New York, N.Y.: Thomas Seltzer, →OCLC, page 21:
      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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