What is the opposite word for "appreciate" that I can use in a sentence like this one :-

"If you like my work I would be happy if you appreciate it. If you do not like my work, you have the right to __________ it."

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    You have the right to criticise it!
    – user66974
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:28
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    For the sake of "balance", you might consider deprecate here (in other contexts, depreciate is an antonym, but not in this context). But I suspect you haven't fully understood the meaning of appreciate (it doesn't exactly mean praise, extol). Jun 3, 2015 at 19:28
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    Perhaps disparage .
    – Eilia
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:30
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    I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is your example sentence is supposed to mean. “If you like my work, I would be happy if you appreciate[d] it” makes no sense to me. As Hote Licks says, it means, “If you like my work, I would be happy if you liked it”, which is tautologous to the point of being nonsense. “If you don’t like my work, you have the right not to like my work” would be the opposite, and that obviously makes no more sense. Jun 3, 2015 at 21:05
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    Much depends on the meaning you have in mind for the word appreciate in your example. The nearest thing to an opposite of appreciate in the sense of "think well of" might be despise, while a better opposite of appreciate in the sense of "be grateful for" might be resent. It seems to me that appreciate is a remarkably slippery word.
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 3, 2015 at 21:57

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Your answer would be "disparage". The definition means the opposite of appreciate. Hope this helps :)

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    Your answer would be a lot more useful if you would include a source :)
    – oerkelens
    Jun 3, 2015 at 19:40
  • To follow up on oerkelens's suggestion, I recommend not only that you identify a reputable online or print source that supports your contention, but that you also include the relevant definition of disparage from that source, linking to it if possible.
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 3, 2015 at 23:30

Disapprove would be an option.

  1. To have an unfavorable opinion of; condemn.
  2. To refuse to approve; reject.

Did a quick search for antonym appreciate.

Thesaurus.com says

  • be critical
  • criticize
  • decrease
  • depreciate
  • disparage
  • disregard
  • lose value
  • neglect
  • overlook

In your context, depreciate and disparage would work, although it is a little unusual to request this treatment, unless you are Monty Python.

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    So why isn't this question general reference? Jun 3, 2015 at 21:43
  • Good question, Edwin. Some of the antonyms fit well, some less so. I would not say "you have the right to decrease it"; neither "you have the right to overlook it." The OP seemed to require a little direction.
    – rajah9
    Jun 3, 2015 at 22:32

"Appreciate" is generally something that happens passively: someone who appreciates a work takes pleasure in it, recognizes its quality, and learns from it, without necessarily contacting the author.

If you do insist on an antonym, I'd suggest "disparage" instead of "deprecate" (which is a term of art regarding computers, meaning "mark as not to be used, with the intention of removing later"). But I think that a better phrasing (at least in American English) would be something along the lines of, "If you see anything you like or dislike, please let me know."


I would say they have the right to ignore it, going neutral rather than negative.

But if you want negative, @rajah9's deprecate would be my choice.


If you said 'malign' that would allow them to disparage your work but tell them clearly how wrong they were if they did.

Malign (verb used with object)
1. to speak harmful untruths about; speak evil of; slander; defame:



"Ignore" or "criticize" would work in the second sentence, but the first sentence is your real problem. You need an active verb there, such as "support" or "praise". I assume "appreciate" is not a euphemism for "leave a donation"?

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