despise

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verb de·spise \di-ˈspīz\

Definition of despise

despised

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despising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to look down on with contempt or aversion despised the weak

  3. 2 :  to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful despises organized religion

despisement

play \-ˈspīz-mənt\ noun

despiser

play \-ˈspī-zər\ noun

Examples of despise in a Sentence

  1. She was despised as a hypocrite.

  2. I despise anchovies on pizza, and I refuse to eat them!

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Origin and Etymology of despise

Middle English, from Anglo-French despis-, stem of despire, from Latin despicere, from de- + specere to look — more at spy

Synonym Discussion of despise

despise, contemn, scorn, disdain mean to regard as unworthy of one's notice or consideration. despise may suggest an emotional response ranging from strong dislike to loathing. despises cowards contemn implies a vehement condemnation of a person or thing as low, vile, feeble, or ignominious. contemns the image of women promoted by advertisers scorn implies a ready or indignant contempt. scorns the very thought of retirement disdain implies an arrogant or supercilious aversion to what is regarded as unworthy. disdained popular music

DESPISE Defined for English Language Learners

despise

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Definition of despise for English Language Learners

  • : to dislike (something or someone) very much


DESPISE Defined for Kids

despise

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verb de·spise \di-ˈspīz\

Definition of despise for Students

despised

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despising

  1. :  to feel scorn and dislike for



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