Definition of disapprobation in US English:



  • Strong disapproval, typically on moral grounds.

    ‘she braved her mother's disapprobation and slipped out to enjoy herself’
    • ‘I shall put moral indignation - or, more weakly, moral disapprobation - in the centre of this one.’
    • ‘I would no more require a State to criminalize homosexual acts - or, for that matter, display any moral disapprobation of them - than I would forbid it to do so.’
    • ‘Social incentives are the most powerful forces in our world - the reason you can't wear your underwear on your head is because of disapprobation.’
    • ‘Moreover, such policy encouragement for partnered women to prioritise motherhood turns to disapprobation if those same women become single parents.’
    • ‘And when we have the ability to exercise force it allows us to leverage our power in direct proportion to the moral disapprobation of the rest of the world.’
    • ‘The fall of seventeenth-century art into critical disapprobation was not soon remedied.’
    • ‘The people may feel that their disapprobation of homosexual conduct is strong enough to disallow homosexual marriage, but not strong enough to criminalize private homosexual acts - and may legislate accordingly.’
    • ‘Given that they are the focus of the media, soccer players should, in my opinion, refrain from playing pranks that might incur national disapprobation, and, what's more, sully their reputation as the elite of society.’
    • ‘No technological innovation except nuclear power has engendered more public disapprobation than genetically modified food, particularly in Europe, where the anti-GM movement is huge.’
    • ‘We avail ourselves of the first opportunity which has been afforded us, of expressing our entire disapprobation of the style and manner of discussing public measures in this Colony.’
    • ‘‘I am wealthier than you’ as an attitude among youth earns our immediate disapprobation.’
    • ‘We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him, because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation.’
    • ‘Few thinkers today risk such disapprobation by questioning our attitudes to modern living.’
    • ‘There are actors who would give away back teeth for this kind of disapprobation.’
    • ‘Usury was but one aspect of capital, and met with moral and legal disapprobation.’
    • ‘Meanwhile local farmers held a meeting at the Black Horse in Skipton to discuss the new regulations which had been met with universal disapprobation.’
    • ‘Broadly speaking, it's unfeminist, which is why young women are frowned on for stripping off, but this disapprobation is misplaced.’
    • ‘Are feminists ready to say we don't need police right now, because we envision a world where people are so caring that the threat of social disapprobation is enough to prevent rape, murder, wife abuse, kitchen deaths and mugging?’
    • ‘What would be the consequence if United States should now decide that it it simply cannot risk the worldwide disapprobation that would be involved in a military exercise against Iraq and backed off?’
    • ‘The moral disapprobation of the US did not faze the Indian leadership at all.’
    disapproval, dislike
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