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despise

verb

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1 to dislike strongly
  • I despise anchovies on pizza, and I refuse to eat them!

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2 to ignore in a disrespectful manner
  • a traitor hated and despised by the whole community

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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

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

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“Despise.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/despise. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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