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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Cher last performed in Birmingham at BJCC Arena on Sept. 4, 2002 (NOTE: A lot of readers despised our review at the time. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, "Cher will bring her 'Here We Go Again Tour’ to Birmingham in 2020," 4 Nov. 2019 Spanish elites particularly despised how foreigners linked Spain with flamenco. Sandie Holguín, Smithsonian, "The Complicated History of Flamenco in Spain," 24 Oct. 2019 Isn’t an overreaching government what keeps wait times so long in those socialist European emergency rooms Republicans despise so deeply? Melissa Howell, Quartz, "How Trump has made food stamps a Republican cause," 18 Sep. 2019 Although the party’s most prominent public intellectuals—like William Kristol and George Will—have long despised Mr Trump, the voting base remains utterly devoted. The Economist, "Joe Walsh’s long-shot bid to dethrone Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 The trajectory is too delicious: An independent filmmaker who despised Hollywood became a blockbuster tycoon cashing out for Disney billions, the archetypal Rebel building a monolithic Empire. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 Once a disciple of late Sen. John McCain (who despised Trump) Lindsey Graham is now the President's golf buddy and most vigorous defender. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "An outsider's guide to the men in Trump's impeachment scandal," 2 Oct. 2019 But even those who rightly despise them should understand that this decision will do Israel far more damage than their trip could have done. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Banning Omar and Tlaib May Help Trump, but It Hurts Israel," 16 Aug. 2019 Toffs in the Tory party who despise liberal meddlers had the momentum at last behind their cause, as well as the thrill of slumming it with boisterous blue-collar types. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019

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

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6 Dec 2019

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“Despise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despises. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for despise

despise

verb
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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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