Despise Definition

dĭ-spīz
despised, despises, despising
verb
despised, despises, despising
To look down on with contempt and scorn.
Webster's New World
To regard with dislike or repugnance.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Despise

  • From Middle English despisen, from Old French despis-, stem of despire, from Latin despicere, present active infinitive of dēspiciō (“I look down upon, despise, scorn”), from de (“down”) + speciō (“I look at, behold”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English despisen from Old French despire despis- from Latin dēspicere dē- de- specere to look spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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