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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)



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