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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Definitions for misprize

  1. To hold in contempt.
  2. To undervalue.

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Citations for misprize
I hesitate to appear to misprize my native city, but how can the history of dear, sedate old London town possibly compare to Paris for sheer excitement? Alistair Horne, Seven Ages of Paris
Or did he misprize such fidelity and harden his heart against so great a love as hers? Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso, translated by Guido Waldman
Origin of misprize
1300-1350
Misprize comes from Middle French mesprisier, from mes-, "amiss, wrong" + prisier, "to appraise."