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verb (used with object), mis·prised, mis·pris·ing.
  1. misprize.
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Related formsmis·pris·er, noun


or mis·prise

verb (used with object), mis·prized, mis·priz·ing.
  1. to despise; undervalue; slight; scorn.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The penalty for disobeying is imprisonment, without bail or misprise, and a fine of ten pounds.

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    S. A. Reilly

  • If an offender can't pay the fine, he shall be imprisoned a year more, without bail or misprise.

British Dictionary definitions for misprise



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

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