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


adj, despisingly
References in classic literature ?
What is it that created esteeming and despising and worth and will?
The more beautiful the flower is, the more does one offend God in despising it.
But considering what my life had been I cannot see why any man should, sooner or later, be able to help despising me.