V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the expression of moral or social disapproval

Synonyms: condemnation, censure, criticism, deprecation, admonition, dissatisfaction, disapproval, objection, reproach

Antonyms: commendation, endorsement

Tips: Disapprobation comes from the Latin word probus, "good," but adds the dis- prefix, which makes the word's meaning negative. Your disapprobation indicates that you find something "not good." Disapprobation has almost the same meaning as its closely-related sibling, disapproval; but disapprobation tends to refer more to public expressions of disapproval, while disapproval may be personal or kept to oneself.

Usage Examples:

Bill bravely declared his disapprobation of the proposal, even though the rest of the committee voted for it. (objection, criticism)

Michele didn't care about her parents' disapprobation; she was determined to marry James anyway. (objection, disapproval)

She sensed her father didn't approve of her first choice of University, but because she never heard his disapprobation, she happily enrolled. (objection, reproach)

The judge's disapprobation of his conduct embarrassed the attorney, but made him more cautious with his subsequent comments and questions. (censure, admonition)

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