Definition of dispraise in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈprāz/


Censure; criticism: this engraving has on occasion elicited dispraise for Raphael
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  • This patriotic purpose is reinforced with dispraise of the current Italianized English fashion.
  • It is a garment of dispraise left over for evil-doers in general.
  • Dispraise too was a normal folklore genre in Imerina, as can be seen in some hainteny that parody praise poems.


[with object] archaic
Express censure or criticism of (someone): men cannot praise Dryden without dispraising Coleridge
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  • Because we come to like being praised and to hate being dispraised, praise and dispraise come to have an important secondary function.
  • There is another life story too, woven in with Isherwood's - that of his younger brother Richard, from the start dispraised in favour of the idolised Christopher.
  • That may sound as though I'm intending to dispraise the book, but to the contrary; I think it's a fine piece of work in lots of ways.


Middle English: from Old French despreisier, based on late Latin depreciare (see depreciate).

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Syllabification: dis·praise

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