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misprize

or mis·prise

[mis-prahyz]
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verb (used with object), mis·prized, mis·priz·ing.
  1. to despise; undervalue; slight; scorn.

Origin of misprize

1300–50; Middle English misprise < Middle French mesprisier, equivalent to mes- mis-1 + prisier to prize2
Related formsmis·priz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for misprize

Historical Examples

  • But of course she wasn't; youth will ever misprize till it must mourn its blessings.

    Nobody

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Yet I would not misprize the cats of Seville, which apparently have their money price.

  • Yet she would not speak her thought, lest he should misprize her.

  • People are too apt to misprize this sort of politeness of mere habit; yet, as far as it goes, it is an excellent thing.


British Dictionary definitions for misprize

misprize

misprise

verb
  1. to fail to appreciate the value of; undervalue or disparage

Word Origin

C15: from Old French mesprisier, from mes- mis- 1 + prisier to prize ²
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