Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)


This word is from the 29 October 2006 New York Times Magazine‘s feature, entitled “Islam and the Bomb” by Noah Feldman (now online). This week’s issue is particularly good because, in addition to the article that I cite (below), it also contains a piece about the Taliban, several articles about bipolar disorder, an interview with a psychiatrist about depression and a piece about Alzheimer’s disease.

Disapprobation (dis-ap-ruh-BEY-shuhn)


  1. Moral disapproval; condemnation.
  2. an expression of strong disapproval; pronouncing as wrong or morally culpable.

Usage: In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, it was sometimes asserted in the West that there were no Muslim voices condemning the attacks. This was never true. Prominent Muslim scholars expressed their disapprobation in public arenas like television and the Internet.