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Meaning of DISPRAISE

Pronunciation:  dis'preyz

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the act of speaking contemptuously of

DISPRAISE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: disparagement
 See Also: belittling, denigration, deprecation, detraction, disapproval



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*praise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispraised}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Dispraising}.] [OE. dispreisen, OF. desprisier,
    despreisier, F. d['e]priser; pref. des- (L. dis-) + prisier,
    F. priser, to prize, praise. See {Praise}, and cf.
    {Disprize}, {Depreciate}.]
    To withdraw praise from; to notice with disapprobation or
    some degree of censure; to disparage; to blame.
          Dispraising the power of his adversaries. --Chaucer.
          I dispraised him before the wicked, that the wicked
          might not fall in love with him.         --Shak.
  2. \Dis*praise"\, n. [Cf. OF. despris. See {Dispraise},
    v. t.]
    The act of dispraising; detraction; blame censure; reproach;
    disparagement. --Dryden.
          In praise and in dispraise the same.     --Tennyson.