• (British) IPA: /dɪsˌæpɹəˈbeɪʃən/


  1. An act or expression of condemnation or disapproval, especially on moral grounds.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Book 13, Chapter 6,
      Though a gentle sigh, which stole from the bosom of Nancy, seemed to argue some secret disapprobation of these sentiments, she did not dare openly to oppose them.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 22,
      Elizabeth would wonder, and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such disapprobation.
    • 1859, John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, Chapter IV,
      And not only these acts, but the dispositions which lead to them, are properly immoral, and fit subjects of disapprobation which may rise to abhorrence.
    • 1921, D. H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia, Chapter I,
      No one seems to think so, however. Yet they view my arrival with a knapsack on my back with cold disapprobation, as unseemly as if I had arrived riding on a pig. I ought to be in a carriage, and the knapsack ought to be a new suitcase.
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