Definition of disesteem in English:


Line breaks: dis|es¦teem
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪˈstiːm
, dɪsɛ-/


[mass noun]
Low esteem or regard: her disesteem for institutionalized medicine now heightened to aversion
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  • Many would say that inequality in the distribution of power or even the inequality of esteem and disesteem associated with social positions is more basic and fundamental.
  • In fact, far from the love of esteem being grounds for disesteem, a total disregard of others’ opinions seems to reveal in a person a certain contemptuousness of others, a characteristic that is itself disestimable.
  • By making publicity a ‘public’ rather than a private activity, we remove such disesteem as may attach to self-promotion and allow esteem fuller rein as an incentive.


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Have a low opinion of: novels and short stories have been disesteemed
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  • Work in the low style generally reveals an ‘ambivalence about wealth’, but ‘pastoral was a place where it was particularly disesteemed’.
  • Thus, non-landed economic activities geared toward profit and growth through capital investment were disesteemed and thereby stifled.
  • In our earnestness to romanticize the cowboy we've ironically disesteemed his true character.

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