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[dis-ap-ruh-bey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs æp rəˈbeɪ ʃən/
disapproval; condemnation.
Origin of disapprobation
1640-50; dis-1 + approbation
Related forms
self-disapprobation, noun Unabridged
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  • The Address produced comparatively little applause and no manifestations of disapprobation.

  • As for Ben, he was less afraid of a whipping than of his father's disapprobation.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • She had spoken of Captain De Baron with disapprobation certainly, but had not spoken of him as a fatal danger.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • If it were repeated to-day there would be a shout of disapprobation.

  • He did this to signalise his disapprobation of royalty, and his preference for democratic equality.

    Assimilative Memory Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • The Doctor was still in this mood of disapprobation when John entered.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Too cautious to commit herself in words, this lady expressed doubt and disapprobation by her looks.

    Little Novels Wilkie Collins
  • Balfour squealed forth his disapprobation for upwards of an hour.

  • Hitherto she had kept to herself the disapprobation which she felt at Ned's using the new machinery.

    Through the Fray G. A. Henty
  • The Colonel, however, expressed no surprise and no disapprobation.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
British Dictionary definitions for disapprobation


moral or social disapproval
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Word Origin and History for disapprobation

1640s; see dis- + approbation.

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