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[dih-spahyz] /dɪˈspaɪz/
verb (used with object), despised, despising.
to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.
1250-1300; Middle English despisen < Old French despis-, stem of despire < Latin dēspicere; see despicable
Related forms
despisable, adjective
despisableness, noun
despiser, noun
despisingly, adverb
undespised, adjective
undespising, adjective
contemn, detest.
admire. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for despises
  • She despises herself for not being able to make her husband lost in her and she despises herself for trying.
  • But there is something in the drive for glory that despises all reflection.
  • And your family and blue collar town despises you for it.
  • He has a job he hates in a place he despises with minimal prospects for things getting better.
  • It despises history and, as a partially ironic consequence, is outpaced by the present.
  • He despises people and refuses to allow himself to see things from their perspective.
  • He despises everybody and everything, but especially the bourgeoisie.
  • One despises regular meals and nibbles tidbits of sweet and sour, lifting her skirts to warm herself at the porcelain stove.
  • He that despises little things is not worthy of the great.
  • Another is that he despises the mainstream industry's politically correct obsession with safety.
British Dictionary definitions for despises


(transitive) to look down on with contempt; scorn: he despises flattery
Derived Forms
despiser, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French despire, from Latin dēspicere to look down, from de- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for despises



c.1300, from Old French despis-, present participle stem of despire "to despise," from Latin despicere "look down on, scorn," from de- "down" (see de-) + spicere/specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Despised; despising.

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