One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Censure; criticism.‘this engraving has on occasion elicited dispraise for Raphael’
- ‘This patriotic purpose is reinforced with dispraise of the current Italianized English fashion.’
- ‘I find I write more in dispraise than praise, which I think may be a character flaw.’
- ‘It is a garment of dispraise left over for evil-doers in general.’
- ‘Dispraise too was a normal folklore genre in Imerina, as can be seen in some hainteny that parody praise poems.’
Express censure or criticism of (someone)‘men cannot praise Dryden without dispraising Coleridge’
- ‘Because we come to like being praised and to hate being dispraised, praise and dispraise come to have an important secondary function.’
- ‘‘When I dispraise,’ he says loftily, ‘I am usually quoting cliches.’’
- ‘There is another life story too, woven in with Isherwood's - that of his younger brother Richard, from the start dispraised in favour of the idolised Christopher.’
- ‘That may sound as though I'm intending to dispraise the book, but to the contrary; I think it's a fine piece of work in lots of ways.’
- ‘Also noteworthy was that he did not find it necessary to dispraise his predecessor, as both Khrushchev and Brezhnev had done.’
Middle English: from Old French despreisier, based on late Latin depreciare (see depreciate).
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