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disprize

[ dis-prahyz ]
/ dɪsˈpraɪz /
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verb (used with object), dis·prized, dis·priz·ing.

to hold in small esteem; disdain.

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Origin of disprize

1425–75; late Middle English disprisen<Anglo-French, Middle French despriser, late variant of despreis(i)er to dispraise
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Example sentences from the Web for disprize

  • And especially from Dixie, the capricious; otherwise, she might win him by a glance and a smile, and then disprize him forever.

    Bat Wing Bowles|Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for disprize

disprize
/ (dɪsˈpraɪz) /

verb

(tr) archaic to scorn; disdain
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