Despise meaning

dĭ-spīz
To regard with dislike or repugnance.
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To regard with contempt or scorn.

Despised all cowards and flatterers.

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To dislike intensely; loathe.

Despised the frigid weather in January.

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To look down on with contempt and scorn.
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The definition of despise is to strongly dislike, or to treat with scorn.

To dislike heavy metal music is an example of despise.

To hate your noisy neighbor so much that you ignore her is an example of despise.

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To regard with contempt or scorn.
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Origin of despise

  • 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

  • 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