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
References in classic literature ?
Presently he sat up and asked slowly, "Do you think Jo would despise me as you do?
The hour, however, afforded him some little of that protection which he appeared so much to despise.
Men, if endowed with it by nature, soon lose, forget, and learn to despise it, in their contact with coarser things than flowers.
As a dream when one awaketh, so, oh Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
I will say you, said Sir Gawaine, it beseemeth evil a good knight to despise all ladies and gentlewomen, and peradventure though he hate you he hath some cause, and peradventure he loveth in some other places ladies and gentlewomen, and to be loved again, and he such a man of prowess as ye speak of --"
It is easy to say these things; it is easy to revile us, easy to despise us; therefore, let these people rail on; they cannot feel as Byng and I feel--it is their loss, not ours.
People would call me a low- down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum -- but that don't make no difference.
Wilson stole a glance at Tom, and said to himself, "He is flying signals of distress now; even people who despise him are pitying him; they think this is a hard ordeal for a young fellow who has lost his benefactor by so cruel a stroke--and they are right.
Let the calum- niators of the colored race despise themselves for their baseness and illiberality of spirit, and hence- forth cease to talk of the natural inferiority of those who require nothing but time and opportunity to attain to the highest point of human excellence.
Cole, were left very busy over parish businessthat as long as he had staid, however, it had been pleasant enough, as he had found them in general a set of gentlemanlike, sensible men; and spoke so handsomely of Highbury altogetherthought it so abundant in agreeable families that Emma began to feel she had been used to despise the place rather too much.
Dashwood feel this ungracious behaviour, and so earnestly did she despise her daughter-in-law for it, that, on the arrival of the latter, she would have quitted the house for ever, had not the entreaty of her eldest girl induced her first to reflect on the propriety of going, and her own tender love for all her three children determined her afterwards to stay, and for their sakes avoid a breach with their brother.
Another minute, and she will despise me for a hypocrite," thought I; and an impulse of fury against Reed, Brocklehurst, and Co.