(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
1. disapprobation, disapproval; dislike.
2. (lack of approval) discommendation, demerit; blame, detraction, condemnation.
3. (criticism) animadversion, reflection, stricture, objection, exception, criticism; hypercriticism, picking; sardonic grin or laugh; left-handed compliment; sneer, derision (see contempt); taunt, disrespect. Slang, knock, slam, king's elevator, royal shaft.
4. (petty criticism) cavil, carping, censure, censoriousness; reprehension, remonstrance, expostulation, reproof, reprobation, reproach; chiding, upbraiding, rebuke, reprimand, castigation, lecture, scolding, trimming, dressing down (see Verbs 3) rating, what-for, calling down; setdown, rap on the knuckles; frown, scowl, black look, evil eye; tirade, tongue-lashing, blowup. Informal, talking-to, static. Slang, rib-roast.
5. (verbal disapprovation) abuse, vituperation, objurgation, contumely; hard, bitter, or cutting words, dirty look; clamor, outcry, hue and cry; hiss[ing], catcall. Slang, Bronx cheer.
6. critic, armchair critic, Monday-morning quarterback.
1. disapprove; dislike; object to, take exception to; be scandalized at, think ill of, take a dim view of, view with disfavor or with jaundiced eyes.
2. (show disapproval) frown upon, scowl, look grave, knot one's brows, shake one's head, shrug one's shoulders; turn up one's nose (see contempt); look askance, make a wry face at; set one's face against.
3. (chide) discommend, speak ill of, not speak well of, denounce, damn, condemn; blame, lay blame upon, censure, reproach, pass censure on, reprobate, impugn; remonstrate, expostulate, recriminate, call to account; reprehend, chide, take to task, reprove, lecture, read the riot act, tell a thing or two, give a piece of one's mind; call on the carpet, chew out, get after, get on one's case, pick on, bring to book, rebuke, bawl out, reprimand, chastise, castigate, lash, rap one's knuckles, trounce, jump all over, come down hard on, trim, tongue-lash, flay, call or dress down, tell off, rip into, haul or rake over the coals, do a hatchet job on, rap, give what-for, pin one's ears back, dip one's pen in gall; sail, tear, lay, or light into. Informal, lace into, skin alive. Slang, knock, roast, jaw, ride down to the ground, chew one's ass out.
4. (reprove) exprobate, look daggers, vituperate, sound off, dish it out; abuse, scold, rate, objurgate, upbraid, rail (at), bark at; rave, fulminate, exclaim, protest, inveigh, declaim, cry out, or raise one's voice against; decry, run down; clamor, hiss, hoot, mob; draw up or sign a round robin; animadvert upon, reflect upon; cast reflection or a slur upon, damn with faint praise.
5. criticize, find fault with, give a hard time, jump down one's throat, cut up; be on one's back, pick on, draw a bead on; pull or pick to pieces; take exception; cavil, carp at; be censorious, pick holes, make a fuss about, kick against. Slang, diss, cut, dog, bust, blow away, dump on, hike, jam, talk trash. See detraction, contempt, disrespect.
6. incur disapprobation, incur blame, scandalize, shock, revolt; get a bad name, forfeit one's good name, get the eye, be on one's bad side; be under a cloud (see disrepute); bring a hornet's nest about one's ears; be in one's bad books; take blame, stand corrected; catch it or get it in the neck; have to answer for.
1. disapprobatory, disapproving, scandalized; disparaging, condemnatory, damnatory, denunciatory, reproachful, abusive, objurgatory, clamorous, vituperative; defamatory (See detraction); satirical, sardonic, cynical; censorious, critical, faultfinding, captious, carping, hypercritical, catty; sparing or grudging of praise.
2. disapproved, in bad odor, unapproved, in one's bad graces, in one's black book[s], unblest, in bad; at a discount, exploded; weighed in the balance and found wanting; blameworthy, reprehensible, to blame, worthy of blame; answerable, uncommendable, objectionable, exceptionable, not to be thought of, beyond the pale; bad, vicious (see improbity).Slang, in the doghouse.
Adverbs — with a wry face; reproachfully, etc.
Interjections — thumbs down! it won't do [at all]! it will never do!; God forbid! Heaven forbid!; away with!; shame! for shame!
Phrases — criticism is something you can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing; never speak ill of the dead; those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
Quotations — She ran the whole gamut of emotions from A to B (Dorothy Parker), I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it (Voltaire), The lot of critics is to be remembered by what they failed to understand (Marianne Moore), Parodies and caricatures are the most penetrating of criticisms (Aldous Huxley), A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste (Whitney Balliett), A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car (Kenneth Tynan), Art made tongue-tied by authority (Shakespeare).
Antonyms, see approbation.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Unfavorable opinion or judgment: disapproval, disesteem, disfavor, displeasure. See LIKE.

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