American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To show or voice disapproval of.
- v. To cause to come into disfavor or ill regard.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To express or give occasion for disapprobation of; hold up or expose to censure or dislike: the opposite of recommend.
- v. To show disapproval of something, find fault with.
- v. To speak dissuasively of, to advise against.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To mention with disapprobation; to blame; to disapprove.
- v. To expose to censure or ill favor; to put out of the good graces of any one.
- dis- + commend. (Wiktionary)
“To withstand the beginnings, avoid occasions, fair and foul means, change of place, contrary passion, witty inventions, discommend the former, bring in another, Subs.”
“Some discommend moated houses, as unwholesome; so Camden saith of  Ew-elme, that it was therefore unfrequented, ob stagni vicini halitus, and all such places as be near lakes or rivers.”
“Rhasis and  Magninus discommend all fish, and say, they breed viscosities, slimy nutriment, little and humorous nourishment.”
“Withstand the beginnings, avoid occasions, change his place: fair and foul means, contrary passions, with witty inventions: to bring in another, and discommend the former.”
“For those who suppose a bad cause for laudable works and commendable actions, endeavoring by calumnies to insinuate sinister suspicions of the actor when they cannot openly discommend the act, — as they that impute the killing of”
“To go out of my dialect, which you discommend so much.”
“For they mean a contriving of directions and precepts for readiness of practice, which I discommend not, so it be not occasion that some quantity of the science be lost; for else it will be such a piece of husbandry as to put away a manor lying somewhat scattered, to buy in a close that lieth handsomely about a dwelling.”
“Yet I would not have you to beleeve, tho I so much discommend it, that it is no waies usefully profitable.”
“I am not prone to recommend restaurants, or to discommend them, for the simple reason that, if they have proved bad, I smile to think of other men being poisoned and robbed as well as myself; as to the good ones -- why, only a fool would reveal their whereabouts.”
“I owe you an apology (I sincerely hope) for the circumstances of this visit, as I certainly discommend Mr. Rogers's method of introducing us.”
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