despise

[dih-spahyz]
verb (used with object), despised, despising.
to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English despisen < Old French despis-, stem of despire < Latin dēspicere; see despicable

despisable, adjective
despisableness, noun
despiser, noun
despisingly, adverb
undespised, adjective
undespising, adjective


contemn, detest.


admire.
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despise (dɪˈspaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to look down on with contempt; scorn: he despises flattery
 
[C13: from Old French despire, from Latin dēspicere to look down, from de- + specere to look]
 
de'spiser
 
n

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despise
c.1300, from O.Fr. despis-, stem of despire, from L. despicere "look down on, scorn," from de- "down" + specere "look at" (see scope (1)).
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Despising ambition as he did, he was not sorry to see it unmasked by such practices and degraded in his sight.
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