Definition of approbation in English:



  • Approval or praise.

    ‘the opera met with high approbation’
    • ‘And they don't get very much approbation for it.’
    • ‘There are no prizes for guessing what value he places on each: bourgeois is always a term of abuse, revolutionary almost always a term of approbation.’
    • ‘You cannot have two mega-personalities in a relationship where both are needy, egotistical, insecure and dependent on public approbation.’
    • ‘Was it observation, approbation or disapproval?’
    • ‘Yet there's no widely used term of approbation for the other kind of reporting.’
    • ‘His participation in the parade implies acceptance, approval, approbation.’
    • ‘There is an unmistakable note of approbation here, even admiration; unusual for the museum except where the activist agenda is involved.’
    • ‘Upon completion of the reference to the Master, her determination and approval, shall require approbation by this court.’
    • ‘Imagine needing the comfort of popular approbation so badly that you would voluntarily comb through movie award nominations in search of comforting zeitgeist pellets!’
    • ‘They deserve credit, approbation, applause and salutations for this achievement.’
    • ‘The writer is expecting a certain amount of attention and courtesy and interest and perhaps approbation, but it always seems to be a kind of Roman arena sometimes, where the writer is thrown in to be savaged.’
    • ‘Thus he established the peasant proprietorship, and won approbation and support of the overwhelming majority of the population.’
    • ‘The end result is an unremarkable, unmemorable movie that deserves neither praise nor approbation.’
    • ‘Unlike those who were angling for jobs or social approbation or credibility among the beltway elites, we just said what we thought.’
    • ‘However, Shakespeare's attempts to locate himself within a literary tradition were not always met with such approbation.’
    • ‘His ambition for approbation sets bounds and limits to his ambition, so to speak.’
    • ‘Indeed, women's encouragement and approbation of violent acts in war have added to men's satisfaction in committing these acts.’
    • ‘The approbation he received when he took off in an amazingly cool style was the loudest heard that afternoon.’
    • ‘Practically, this could be difficult given security concerns and, I suspect, some fair general approbation in smaller, more conservative communities.’
    • ‘It is wholly unsurprising that in the macho world of sports that an item like this would gain attention and approbation.’
    approval, acceptance, assent, endorsement, encouragement, recognition, appreciation, support, respect, admiration, commendation, congratulations
    praise, acclamation, adulation, regard, esteem, veneration, kudos, applause, ovation, accolades, salutes, plaudits
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin approbatio(n-), from the verb approbare (see approbate).