Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To hold in disfavor.
  • n. Lack of esteem; disfavor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. want of esteem; disregard.
  • v. To hold little or no esteem for; to consider worthless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of esteem; low estimation, inclining to dislike; disfavor; disrepute.
  • transitive v. To feel an absence of esteem for; to regard with disfavor or slight contempt; to slight.
  • transitive v. To deprive of esteem; to bring into disrepute; to cause to be regarded with disfavor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To regard without esteem; consider with disregard, disapprobation, dislike, or slight contempt; slight.
  • To bring into disrepute or disfavor; lower in esteem or estimation
  • n. Want of esteem; slight dislike; disregard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state in which esteem has been lost
  • v. have little or no respect for; hold in contempt

Etymologies

dis- +‎ esteem (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • These brutes held me in little respect; and, after all, human nature is so strange a compound that even a philosopher dislikes being held in disesteem by the brutes of his own species.

    CHAPTER XXIII

  • It's a measure of the disesteem in which President Bush is held.

    The Obama Quarantine

  • I would not, therefore, be thought to disesteem or dissuade the study of nature.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Hence, again, by a sufficiently visible chain of thought, his marked disesteem for far-sounding names of brutal conquerors, and his cold regard for those outward and material circumstances in the state of nations, which strike the sense, but do not touch the inward reason.

    Voltaire

  • And it is a particular disesteem of every knowing person alive, and most injurious to the written labours and monuments of the dead, so to me it seems an undervaluing and vilifying of the whole nation.

    Areopagitica

  • Let us not be so illiberal with our schemes for the renovation of society and nature, as to disesteem or deny the literary spirit.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Both, despite the disesteem it is fashionable to heap upon them, are honorable professions.

    INTERVIEW: John C. Wright

  • Containing infallible nostrums for procuring universal disesteem and hatred

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • With all the security which love of another and disesteem of him could give to the peace of mind he was attacking, his continued attentions — continued, but not obtrusive, and adapting themselves more and more to the gentleness and delicacy of her character — obliged her very soon to dislike him less than formerly.

    Mansfield Park

  • Cassius was much displeased at this answer; and among the rest, Atellius was had in much disesteem for it.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

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