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despise

[dih-spahyz] /dɪˈspaɪz/
verb (used with object), despised, despising.
1.
to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Synonyms
contemn, detest.
Antonyms
admire.
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British Dictionary definitions for undespising

despise

/dɪˈspaɪz/
verb
1.
(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 undespising

despise

v.

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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