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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
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contempt; the act of despising; scorn
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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
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The feeling of despising:
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Only politicians from the far right such as Marine Le Pen in France or Brexit partisans in Britain expressed theft delight at seeling the victory of a populist leader who had stated many times his despisal for the European Union.
The first time Rodney saw Margaret, he tried to seduce her and therefore she hated him at first, but with time "hate became love, despisal became respect, fear became worship" (232).
But in those moments of blackness you stood there, as though you yourself were made of stone like the stunted, buried buildings around you, and for all your educated cynicism, for all your late-twentieth-century materialist Western maleness and your fierce despisal of all things superstitious, you felt a touch of true and absolute terror, a consummately feral dread of the dark; a fear rooted back somewhere before your species had truly become human and came to know itself [...] you glimpsed--during that extended, petrified moment--something that was you and was not you, as a threat and not a threat, an enemy and not an enemy, but possessed of a final, expediently functional indifference more horrifying than evil.