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From Old French despreisier. Doublet of disprize.

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dispraise (third-person singular simple present dispraises, present participle dispraising, simple past and past participle dispraised)

  1. To notice with disapprobation or some degree of censure; to disparage, to criticize.
    • 1526, [William Tyndale, transl.], The Newe Testamẽt [] (Tyndale Bible), [Worms, Germany: Peter Schöffer], →OCLC, Acts:
      They spake agaynst it, and dispraysed it, raylinge on it.
    • 1644, John Milton, Areopagitica:
      Although I dispraise not the defence of just immunities, yet love my peace better, if that were all.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XVIII, in Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 310:
      "What," thought Edward, "the poet says in praise of one beauty, I say in dispraise of another: 'Her eyes, like suns, the rash beholder strike, But, like the sun, they shine on all alike.'
    • 1992, Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety, Harper Perennial, published 2007, page 157:
      He became familiar with that habit of mind which dispraises what it most envies and admires: with that habit of mind which desires only what it cannot have.
    • 2023, Eleanor Catton, Birnam Wood, page 9:
      Mira could not find a single article dispraising him.

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dispraise (countable and uncountable, plural dispraises)

  1. Blame; reproach; disapproval; criticism.
    • 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 42, in The History of Pendennis. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1849–1850, →OCLC:
      Their censure did not much affect him; for the good-natured young man was disposed to accept with considerable humility the dispraises of others.
    • 1880, William Blades, The Enemies of Books, page 60:
      Pierre Petit, in 1683, devoted a long Latin poem to his dis-praise; and Parnell's charming Ode is well known.

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