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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Example sentences
I'm sure it is unfair to misquote even those you despise.
Yet, the secular world appears to despise both the message and the messengers.
You become what you most despise.
Monkeys not only don't listen to our music, they seemed to despise it.
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