despise

verb
de·​spise | \ di-ˈspīz How to pronounce despise (audio) \
despised; despising

Definition of despise

transitive verb

1 : to look down on with disrespect or aversion despised the weak
2 : to regard as negligible, worthless, or distasteful despises organized religion

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Other Words from despise

despisement \ di-​ˈspīz-​mənt How to pronounce despisement (audio) \ noun
despiser \ di-​ˈspī-​zər How to pronounce despiser (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for despise

Synonyms

abhor, abominate, detest, execrate, hate, loathe

Antonyms

love

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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 and scorn mean to consider a person or thing as not worth noticing or taking an interest in. despise may be used of feeling ranging from strong dislike to true hatred. I despise liars. scorn is used of a deep and ready feeling of angry disgust for anything that a person doesn't respect. The sergeant scorned the soldiers who were lazy.

Examples of despise in a Sentence

He and Julie grooved to Cuban son and jazz on NPR and loved arty films, for instance; and they distrusted big business and despised tract houses, malls, and other aesthetically unpleasing byproducts of a consumer society. — Brian C. Anderson, National Review, 13 Mar. 2006 She was despised as a hypocrite. I despise anchovies on pizza, and I refuse to eat them!
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The Election Commission was appointed by the ruling junta’s allies, while the Constitutional Court has a long history of ruling in favor of the conservative establishment, which despises Thaksin, a billionaire populist politician. Washington Post, "Thailand’s oldest party will join coup leader’s coalition," 5 June 2019 The Election Commission was appointed by the ruling junta's allies, while the Constitutional Court has a long history of ruling in favor of the country's conservative establishment, which despises Thaksin, a billionaire populist politician. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Fox News, "Thailand's Democrats to vote to join coup leader's coalition," 5 June 2019 The worshippers and musicians here, although not Shiite, also belong to a minority religious community despised by ISIS and the Taliban. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 More importantly, wavering Republicans want Trump to provide political cover for immigration legislation that's despised by hard-right voters. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "McCaul optimistic immigration bill will pass House despite Trump's lament about 'wasting time'," 24 June 2018 Gunn’s firing invigorated members of the right that have long despised Hollywood for its perceived liberal bias and recent anti-Trump sentiment. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Disney and Marvel put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 production on hold," 24 Aug. 2018 There is a vocal populace that despises thoroughbred racing as animal cruelty. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Can Justify Overcome Obstacles to Move Closer to History at the Preakness?," 17 May 2018 There is something about an expensive education in private schools and Oxbridge that disposes people to despise their own country. The Economist, "Podsnappery and its reverse," 21 June 2018 There’s just one problem: Most of the United Kingdom seems to despise the plan. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why Brexit is tearing the United Kingdom apart," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of despise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for despise

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

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More Definitions for despise

despise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of despise

: to dislike (something or someone) very much

despise

verb
de·​spise | \ di-ˈspīz How to pronounce despise (audio) \
despised; despising

Kids Definition of despise

: to feel scorn and dislike for

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