Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To hold in disfavor.
  • noun Lack of esteem; disfavor.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the state in which esteem has been lost
  • verb have little or no respect for; hold in contempt

Etymologies

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dis- +‎ esteem

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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

    INTERVIEW: John C. Wright

  • 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

  • Containing infallible nostrums for procuring universal disesteem and hatred

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Containing infallible nostrums for procuring universal disesteem and hatred

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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