- lady; woman.
- female deity, especially one promoting fertility: often used as a suffix on names: Freydis; Hjordis; Thordis.
Origin of dis1
- to show disrespect for; affront.
- to disparage; belittle.
- insult or disparagement; criticism.
Origin of dis2
- a god of the underworld.
- the Disney Channel: a cable television channel.
Origin of di2
- a female given name, form of Diana.
Origin of dis-1
- variant of di-1 before s: dissyllable.
dis aliter visum
- the gods have deemed otherwise.
Related Words for disdespise, disparage, debase, degrade, belittle, impugn, defame, slander, vilify, besmirch, disdain, taunt, ridicule, scoff, scorn, mock, malign, dismiss, decry, denigrate
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Contemporary Examples of dis
Though, when they dis them, they also often confess to having loved them as kids.Should Twinkies Disappear?
January 16, 2012
Historical Examples of dis
Who ob all dis congregation is gwine next to lie ded-e-de-dah?
An' he said, 'Lay right down on dis yer table,' an' I lay down.
Now you take en look at it like dis—you look at it, and see ef I's right.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A man's a man 'at dis what's richt, what's pleasin to the verra hert o' richt.Heather and Snow
Don't let dis guy find me crackin' his safe, so's I won't have to kill 'im.In a Little Town
- a variant spelling of diss
- Also called: Orcus, Pluto the Roman god of the underworld
- the abode of the dead; underworld
- indicating reversaldisconnect; disembark
- indicating negation, lack, or deprivationdissimilar; distrust; disgrace
- indicating removal or releasedisembowel; disburden
- expressing intensive forcedissever
Word Origin for dis-
- variant of di- 1 dissyllable
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Roman underworld god, from Latin Dis, contracted from dives "rich," which is related to divus "divine, god," hence "favored by god." Cf. Pluto and Old Church Slavonic bogatu "rich," from bogu "god."
(assimilated as dif- before -f-, to di- before most voiced consonants), word-forming element meaning 1. "lack of, not" (e.g. dishonest); 2. "do the opposite of" (e.g. disallow); 3. "apart, away" (e.g. discard), from Old French des- or directly from Latin dis- "apart, in a different direction, between," figuratively "not, un-," also "exceedingly, utterly," from PIE *dis- "apart, asunder" (cf. Old English te-, Old Saxon ti-, Old High German ze-, German zer-).
The PIE root is a secondary form of *dwis- and thus is related to Latin bis "twice" (originally *dvis) and to duo, on notion of "two ways, in twain."
In classical Latin, dis- paralelled de- and had much the same meaning, but in Late Latin dis- came to be the favored form and this passed into Old French as des-, the form used for new compound words formed in Old French, where it increasingly had a privative sense ("not").
In English, many of these words eventually were altered back to dis-, while in French many have been altered back to de-. The usual confusion prevails.
- Absence of; opposite of:disorientation.
- Undo; do the opposite of:dislocate.
- Deprive of; remove:dismember.