One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To find fault with, express disapproval of. Compare "commend". Now somewhat rare.
2with object To mention or present (a thing, course of action) as undesirable or inadvisable; to speak of dissuasively.
3with object To invite disapproval of; to cause to be unfavourably viewed or received. Now somewhat rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Reginald Pecock (c1392–?1459), bishop of Chichester and religious author. From dis- + commend.
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