disapproval

Disapproval is what you express when you share your dislike or opposition. If you fail a class, you might worry both about your grade point average and also your parents' disapproval.

When you sense disapproval in your teacher's voice after you show her a draft of your research paper, you might want to start over. You might feel disapproval yourself when you see your friend spend money instead of saving it, or watch your dad feel the dog from his plate at the dinner table. Disapproval uses the "opposite of" prefix dis- with approval, from its Latin root approbare, "to regard as good."

Definitions of disapproval
  1. noun
    an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
    synonyms: disfavor, disfavour, dislike
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    types:
    doghouse
    an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
    reprobation
    severe disapproval
    type of:
    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  2. noun
    a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing
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    Antonyms:
    approval
    a feeling of liking something or someone good
    type of:
    dislike
    a feeling of aversion or antipathy
  3. noun
    the expression of disapproval
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    Antonyms:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
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    condemnation, disapprobation
    an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable
    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
    discouragement
    the expression of opposition and disapproval
    attack
    strong criticism
    animadversion, censure
    harsh criticism or disapproval
    demonisation, demonization
    to represent as diabolically evil
    brickbat
    blunt criticism
    carping, faultfinding
    persistent petty and unjustified criticism
    attack, blast, fire, flack, flak
    intense adverse criticism
    thrust
    verbal criticism
    potshot
    criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration
    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    slating
    a severely critical attack
    static
    angry criticism
    stricture
    severe criticism
    disheartenment
    a communication that leaves you disheartened or daunted
    dissuasion
    a communication that dissuades you
    determent, deterrence, intimidation
    a communication that makes you afraid to try something
    type of:
    content, message, subject matter, substance
    what a communication that is about something is about
  4. noun
    the act of disapproving or condemning
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    Antonyms:
    approval, approving, blessing
    the formal act of approving
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    disparagement, dispraise
    the act of speaking contemptuously of
    condemnation
    (law) the act of condemning (as land forfeited for public use) or judging to be unfit for use (as a food product or an unsafe building)
    branding, stigmatisation, stigmatization
    the act of stigmatizing
    belittling
    the act of belittling
    denigration, deprecation
    the act of expressing disapproval (especially of yourself)
    detraction
    the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
    type of:
    assessment, judgement, judgment
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
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