despise


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de·spise

 (dĭ-spīz′)
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

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]
deˈspiser n

de•spise

(dɪˈspaɪz)

v.t. -spised, -spis•ing.
to regard with contempt or disdain; scorn.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French despis-, s. of despire < Latin dēspicere; see despicable]
de•spis′a•ble, adj.
de•spis′er, n.

despise


Past participle: despised
Gerund: despising

Imperative
despise
despise
Present
I despise
you despise
he/she/it despises
we despise
you despise
they despise
Preterite
I despised
you despised
he/she/it despised
we despised
you despised
they despised
Present Continuous
I am despising
you are despising
he/she/it is despising
we are despising
you are despising
they are despising
Present Perfect
I have despised
you have despised
he/she/it has despised
we have despised
you have despised
they have despised
Past Continuous
I was despising
you were despising
he/she/it was despising
we were despising
you were despising
they were despising
Past Perfect
I had despised
you had despised
he/she/it had despised
we had despised
you had despised
they had despised
Future
I will despise
you will despise
he/she/it will despise
we will despise
you will despise
they will despise
Future Perfect
I will have despised
you will have despised
he/she/it will have despised
we will have despised
you will have despised
they will have despised
Future Continuous
I will be despising
you will be despising
he/she/it will be despising
we will be despising
you will be despising
they will be despising
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been despising
you have been despising
he/she/it has been despising
we have been despising
you have been despising
they have been despising
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been despising
you will have been despising
he/she/it will have been despising
we will have been despising
you will have been despising
they will have been despising
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been despising
you had been despising
he/she/it had been despising
we had been despising
you had been despising
they had been despising
Conditional
I would despise
you would despise
he/she/it would despise
we would despise
you would despise
they would despise
Past Conditional
I would have despised
you would have despised
he/she/it would have despised
we would have despised
you would have despised
they would have despised
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.despise - look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"
detest, hate - dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards; "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians"
look down on - regard with contempt; "the new neighbor looks down on us because our house is very modest"

despise

despise

verb
1. To regard with utter contempt and disdain:
2. To regard with extreme dislike and hostility:
Translations
يَحْتَقِريَحْتَقِرُيَزْدَري، يَسْتَخِف ب
opovrhovatpohrdatpohrdnout
foragte
halveksiahalveksua
prezirati
fyrirlítahafa andstyggî á
軽蔑軽蔑する
경멸하다
niekingainiekingasniekinti
nicinātnievāt
opovrhnúť
prezirati
förakta
เหยียดหยาม
khinh thường

despise

[dɪsˈpaɪz] VTdespreciar

despise

[dɪˈspaɪz] vt [+ person, thing] → mépriser

despise

vtverachten; food alsoverschmähen; to despise oneself (for something)sich selbst (wegen etw) verachten; she despised herself for deceiving himsie verachtete sich selbst dafür, dass sie ihn betrogen hatte

despise

[dɪsˈpaɪz] vt (person) → disprezzare, sdegnare; (sb's attentions, offer) → disdegnare

despise

(diˈspaiz) verb
1. to look upon with scorn and contempt. I know he despises me for failing my exam.
2. to refuse to have, use etc; to scorn. She despises such luxuries as fur boots.
despicable (diˈspikəbl) adjective
contemptible, worthless and deserving to be despised. His behaviour was despicable.
deˈspicably adverb

despise

يَحْتَقِرُ opovrhovat foragte verachten περιφρονώ despreciar halveksia mépriser prezirati disprezzare 軽蔑する 경멸하다 verafschuwen forakte wzgardzić desprezar презирать förakta เหยียดหยาม hor görmek khinh thường 鄙视
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"If you only knew how heartily I despise myself for loving you!"
He belonged to that natural, humorous school who took for their motto in the seventeenth century the aphorism uttered by one of their number in 1653, -- "To despise flowers is to offend God."
"Therefore, he who despises the tulip offends God beyond measure."
Nobody can despise me for this as I despise myself.
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I would rather be dead and buried when the time comes for you to despise me, so that it may never be known to me that you despised me."
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The Sheep, much against his will, carried her backward and forward for a long time, and at last said, "If you had treated a dog in this way, you would have had your deserts from his sharp teeth." To this the Crow replied, "I despise the weak and yield to the strong.
I shall ever despise the man who can be gratified by the passion which he never wished to inspire, nor solicited the avowal of.
Believe not much, them that seem to despise riches; for they despise them, that despair of them; and none worse, when they come to them.
He had omitted nothing that could make his wife despise him.