from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To show or voice disapproval of.
  • transitive v. To cause to come into disfavor or ill regard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To show disapproval of something, find fault with.
  • v. To speak dissuasively of, to advise against.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To mention with disapprobation; to blame; to disapprove.
  • transitive v. To expose to censure or ill favor; to put out of the good graces of any one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To express or give occasion for disapprobation of; hold up or expose to censure or dislike: the opposite of recommend.


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dis- +‎ commend.


  • To withstand the beginnings, avoid occasions, fair and foul means, change of place, contrary passion, witty inventions, discommend the former, bring in another, Subs.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Some discommend moated houses, as unwholesome; so Camden saith of [3155] Ew-elme, that it was therefore unfrequented, ob stagni vicini halitus, and all such places as be near lakes or rivers.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Rhasis and [1360] Magninus discommend all fish, and say, they breed viscosities, slimy nutriment, little and humorous nourishment.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • To go out of my dialect, which you discommend so much.

    King Lear

  • 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.

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • Yet I would not have you to beleeve, tho I so much discommend it, that it is no waies usefully profitable.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • 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."

    The Adventures of Harry Revel


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  • Were it decent to lay my finger on anything unbecoming in my master, I should discommend his starchness. Instead of exercising forbearance towards frail churchmen, he visits every peccadillo, as if it were a heinous offence.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 2

    September 20, 2008