from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To express disapproval of; censure.
- n. Disapproval; censure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage, to criticize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To withdraw praise from; to notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage; to blame.
- n. The act of dispraising; detraction; blame censure; reproach; disparagement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speak disparagingly of; mention with disapprobation, or some degree of censure.
- n. Disparaging speech or opinion; animadversion; censure; reproach.
- n. Synonyms Disparagement, opprobrium.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of speaking contemptuously of
Middle English dispreisen, from Old French despreiser, variant of desprisier, from Late Latin dēpretiāre; see depreciate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French despreisier. (Wiktionary)