Definition of misprize in US English:



[with object]rare
  • Fail to appreciate the value of (something); undervalue.

    ‘their cultures have been misprized’
    • ‘I am not so much patronizing the other side, rather I am misprizing ours.’
    • ‘It was masked as God's speaking directly to the human spirit, but it included misprizing of the corporeal in the way that they went about it.’
    • ‘The fact that in these two thousand years it was distorted in many points, misprized and misunderstood is a topic of a different chapter.’
    • ‘But if one assumes any of the natural roles, misprizing externals is no longer an option.’
    • ‘We must not see it as any misprizing of creation, as if any work of God could be evil.’
    belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
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Late 15th century: from Old French mesprisier, from mes- ‘wrongly’ + prisier ‘estimate the value of’.