from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To praise amiss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To praise falsely or injudiciously.
It is possible to overpraise Balzac in parts or to mispraise him as a whole.
Neverthelesse I finding him once of a good humour and on the point of honnour encourages his son to break the kettle and take the hattchett and to be gon to the forraigne nations, and that was of courage and of great renowne to see the father of one parte and the son of another part, & that he should not mispraise if he should seperat from him, but that it was the quickest way to make the world tremble, & by that means have liberty everywhere by vanquishing the mortall enemy of his nation; uppon this I venture to aske him what I was.