transitive verb Etymology: Anglo-French mespriser, from mes- mis- + priser, preiser to appraise — more at prize Date: 15th century 1. to hold in contempt ; despise 2. undervalue

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  • Misprize — Mis*prize (m[i^]s*pr[imac]z ), v. t. [OF. mesprisier to deprise, F. m[ e]priser; pref. amiss, wrong (L. minus less + LL. pretium price. See {price}, {Prize}, v.] To slight or undervalue. [1913 Webster] O, for those vanished hours, so much… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misprize — I verb be contemptuous of, belittle, contemn, deprecate, depreciate, despise, disdain, disesteem, disparage, disprize, disregard, feel contempt for, hold cheap, hold in contempt, look down upon, make little of, make nothing of, minimize, misjudge …   Law dictionary

  • misprize — [mis prīz′] vt. misprized, misprizing [ME mesprisen < OFr mesprisier < mes ,MIS 1 + prisier < LL pretiare, to value < L pretium, a PRICE] to despise or undervalue …   English World dictionary

  • misprize — misprizer, n. /mis pruyz /, v.t., misprized, misprizing. to despise; undervalue; slight; scorn. Also, misprise. [1300 50; ME misprise < MF mesprisier, equiv. to mes MIS 1 + prisier to PRIZE2] * * * …   Universalium

  • misprize — verb a) To despise or hold in contempt b) To undervalue See Also: misprision …   Wiktionary

  • misprize — Synonyms and related words: be above, be contemptuous of, belittle, care nothing for, contemn, deprecate, depreciate, deride, despise, disdain, disparage, disprize, dump on, feel contempt for, feel superior to, hold beneath one, hold cheap, hold… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • misprize — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. ridicule, miscalculate, disregard; see underestimate …   English dictionary for students

  • misprize — verb rare undervalue. Origin C15: from OFr. mesprisier, from mes wrongly + prisier estimate the value of …   English new terms dictionary

  • misprize — v. a. Undervalue, underrate, underestimate, slight, hold cheap …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • misprize — v 1. undervalue, hold cheap, underestimate, underrate, hold for naught; disprize, hold in disrespect, look down on, set no store by; sneeze at, spit upon, Inf. look down one s nose at; despise, scorn, condemn, be contemptuous of, disdain; feel… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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