Definition of misprize in US English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We must not see it as any misprizing of creation, as if any work of God could be evil.’
    • ‘The fact that in these two thousand years it was distorted in many points, misprized and misunderstood is a topic of a different chapter.’
    • ‘I am not so much patronizing the other side, rather I am misprizing ours.’
    • ‘But if one assumes any of the natural roles, misprizing externals is no longer an option.’
    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’.