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despise

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of despise

  1. 1 to dislike strongly I despise anchovies on pizza, and I refuse to eat them! Synonyms of despise abhor, abominate, hate, detest, execrate, loatheWords Related to despise deplore, deprecate, disapprove (of), discountenance, disdain, disfavor, scornNear Antonyms of despise desire, fancy, favor, like, prefer; enjoy, relish; admire, adore, approve (of), esteem, hallow, idolize, revere, venerate, worship; cherish, prize, treasureAntonyms of despise love

  2. 2 to ignore in a disrespectful manner a traitor hated and despised by the whole community Synonyms of despise scorn, disregard, floutWords Related to despise dismiss, forget, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slur (over); belittle, deprecate, disparage, slightNear Antonyms of despise accept, approve; use

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

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