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tr.v. de·spised, de·spis·ing, de·spis·es
1. To regard with contempt or scorn: despised all cowards and flatterers.
2. To dislike intensely; loathe: despised the frigid weather in January.

[Middle English despisen, from Old French despire, despis-, from Latin dēspicere : dē-, de- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

de·spis′al (-spī′zəl) n.
de·spis′er n.
Synonyms: despise, contemn, disdain, scorn
These verbs mean to regard with utter contempt: despises incompetence; contemned the dictator's actions; disdained my suggestion; scorns sentimentality.
Antonym: esteem


contempt; the act of despising; scorn
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.despisal - a feeling of scornful hatred
hate, hatred - the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action


The feeling of despising:
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