damn with faint praise

(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. condemn, find fault with, reject; see rebuff 1 .

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  • damn with faint praise — To condemn in effect by expressing too cool approval • • • Main Entry: ↑damn * * * damn with faint praise phrase to praise someone or something with such a lack of enthusiasm that it is obvious you do not think they are at all good Critics have… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Damn with faint praise — is an English idiom for words that effectively condemn by seeming to offer praise which is too moderate or marginal to be considered praise at all.[1] In other words, this phrase identifies the act of expressing a compliment so feeble that it… …   Wikipedia

  • damn with faint praise — ► damn with faint praise praise so unenthusiastically as to suggest condemnation. Main Entry: ↑damn …   English terms dictionary

  • damn with faint praise — verb To provide praise that is so minimal or inconsequential as to actually amount to criticism. Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,/And without sneering teach the rest to sneer …   Wiktionary

  • damn with faint praise — damn (someone/something) with faint praise to show only slight approval for someone or something. By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I m damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees …   New idioms dictionary

  • damn with faint praise — to praise someone or something with such a lack of enthusiasm that it is obvious you do not think they are at all good Critics have damned the film with faint praise …   English dictionary

  • damn with faint praise — praise so unenthusiastically as to imply condemnation. → damn …   English new terms dictionary

  • damn with faint praise — idi to praise so moderately as, in effect, to condemn …   From formal English to slang

  • damn someone with faint praise — damn (someone/something) with faint praise to show only slight approval for someone or something. By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I m damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees …   New idioms dictionary

  • damn something with faint praise — damn (someone/something) with faint praise to show only slight approval for someone or something. By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I m damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees …   New idioms dictionary


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