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From Middle French mespriser(verb), mespris(noun).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /mɪsˈpɹʌɪz/ (verb)


misprize (third-person singular simple present misprizes, present participle misprizing, simple past and past participle misprized)

  1. To despise or hold in contempt; to undervalue. [from 15th c.]
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, First Folio 1621, III.1:
      Nature neuer fram'd a womans heart,
      Of prowder stuffe then that of Beatrice:
      Disdaine and Scorne ride sparkling in her eyes,
      Mis-prizing what they looke on […].


misprize (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, rare) Contempt. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.9:
      He ment to make them know their follies prise, / Had not those two him instantly desired / T'asswage his wrath, and pardon their mesprise […].

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