Synonyms & Antonyms of esteem

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1 to think of in a particular way
  • I had esteemed the whole affair to be a colossal waste of time

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2 to think very highly or favorably of
  • although the works of the Impressionist painters are esteemed today, they met with scorn when they were introduced

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3 to have as an opinion
  • I should have esteemed it most unlikely that their marriage had any chance of success

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How does the verb esteem contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of esteem are admire, regard, and respect. While all these words mean "to recognize the worth of a person or thing," esteem implies greater warmth of feeling accompanying a high valuation.

no citizen of the town was more highly esteemed

When is admire a more appropriate choice than esteem?

The words admire and esteem can be used in similar contexts, but admire suggests usually enthusiastic appreciation and often deep affection.

a friend that I truly admire

When is it sensible to use regard instead of esteem?

Although the words regard and esteem have much in common, regard is a general term that is usually qualified.

he is highly regarded in the profession

Where would respect be a reasonable alternative to esteem?

In some situations, the words respect and esteem are roughly equivalent. However, respect implies a considered evaluation or estimation.

after many years they came to respect her views

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The first known use of esteem was in the 14th century

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“Esteem.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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