Simple Definition of despise
: to dislike (something or someone) very much
Examples of despise in a sentence
She was despised as a hypocrite.
<I despise anchovies on pizza, and I refuse to eat them!>
Origin of despise
Middle English, from Anglo-French despis-, stem of despire, from Latin despicere, from de- + specere to look — more at spy
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of despise
DESPISE Defined for Kids
Definition of despise for Students
: to feel scorn and dislike for
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