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[dis-i-steem] /ˌdɪs ɪˈstim/
verb (used with object)
to hold in low regard; think unfavorably of.
lack of esteem; disfavor; low regard.
Origin of disesteem
First recorded in 1585-95; dis-1 + esteem Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Do you marvel that they held in "disesteem" the law and government that acted thus?

    The Wearing of the Green A.M. Sullivan
  • The way to render human beings of any class despicable is to undervalue them; for disesteem will superinduce degeneracy.

  • In the individual, toping is regarded with disesteem, but toping nations are in the forefront of civilization and power.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Assuredly thou canst have no concern for the disesteem in which thou art held by the monstrous men of today.

  • But if you want the explanation of this "disesteem" and hostility for British law, you must trace effect to cause.

    The Wearing of the Green A.M. Sullivan
  • Gentlemen, 'twas all "according to law;" and to demonstrate sympathy for him and "disesteem" of that law was "sedition."

    The Wearing of the Green A.M. Sullivan
  • The periods of the scene-shifter, in life as in life's mimicking on any stage, have fallen into disesteem.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Nay, it is weakness and disesteem of a man's self to put a man's life upon such liedger performances.

  • The profligate degeneracy of the Druids, however, tended to bring this also into disesteem.

  • When they reached Bayonne that night they parted with mutual sentiments of disesteem.

    The Rock of the Lion Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for disesteem


(transitive) to think little of
lack of esteem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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