dispraise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dispraise the act of speaking contemptuously of
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dispraise The act of dispraising; detraction; blame censure; reproach; disparagement. "In praise and in dispraise the same."
    • v. t Dispraise To withdraw praise from; to notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage; to blame. "Dispraising the power of his adversaries.""I dispraised him before the wicked, that the wicked might not fall in love with him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispraise To speak disparagingly of; mention with disapprobation, or some degree of censure.
    • n dispraise Disparaging speech or opinion; animadversion; censure; reproach.
    • n dispraise Synonyms Disparagement, opprobrium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dispraise dis-prāz′ blame: reproach: dishonour
    • v.t Dispraise to blame: to censure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. dispreisen, OF. desprisier, despreisier, F. dépriser,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + prisier, F. priser, to prize, praise. See Praise, and cf. Disprize Depreciate

Usage

In literature:

Esteem is gained and dispraise is avoided by putting one's efficiency in evidence.
"The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen
It is the only thing not disproved, not dispraised, not disgraced, by a candid study of the Ladies of the Idyll.
"The Spirit of Place" by Alice Meynell
Let a man school himself to bear dispraise, for thereby alone shall he call his soul his own.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
I do not remember another case in which he dispraised any book.
"Adventures among Books" by Andrew Lang
There is not a syllable of either praise or dispraise.
"The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler
Which of all those, either becomes good or fair, because commended; or dispraised suffers any damage?
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius
He felt that he had been keen in his dispraise, especially as old Gashwiler would never get the sting of it.
"Merton of the Movies" by Harry Leon Wilson
BREATH UPON, speak dispraisingly of.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
Sallust, who was certainly his enemy, wrote of him in his lifetime, but never wrote in his dispraise.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
I am not conscious, that I have written any thing of this man, that has not been more in his dispraise than in his favour.
"Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
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In poetry:

The accomplishments which gladden life,
As music, drawing, dancing, are
Encroachers on our precious time;
Their praise or dispraise I forbear.
"Time Spent In Dress" by Charles Lamb
So it's important in our lives,
(Exaggerating more or less),
To be content with our wives,
And prize the virtues they possess;
And with dispraise to turn one's back
On all the qualities they lack.
"Three Wives" by Robert W Service
He took her slender hand in his,
Yet laid no generous gifts therein,
Her lips she lifted for his kiss–
He dreamt no more of fights to win,
But captive, in Love's power, was raised,
To her height–whom his world dispraised.
"The Conqueror" by Anna Johnston MacManus