- Censure; criticism: this engraving has on occasion elicited dispraise for RaphaelMore example sentences
- 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.
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- Express censure or criticism of (someone): men cannot praise Dryden without dispraising ColeridgeMore example sentences
- 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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