Despise Definition

despised, despises, despising
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

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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