despiser


Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.

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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
The good and just hate thee, and call thee their enemy and despiser; the believers in the orthodox belief hate thee, and call thee a danger to the multitude.
Despisers of life are they, decaying ones and poisoned ones themselves, of whom the earth is weary: so away with them!
I love the great despisers, because they are the great adorers, and arrows of longing for the other shore.
Destroyers, will they be called, and despisers of good and evil.
But his son Antoninus was a most eminent man, and had very excellent qualities, which made him admirable in the sight of the people and acceptable to the soldiers, for he was a warlike man, most enduring of fatigue, a despiser of all delicate food and other luxuries, which caused him to be beloved by the armies.
'Whence hadst thou that song, despiser of this world?'
The despisers of mankind--apart from the mere fools and mimics, of that creed--are of two sorts.
In this passage, Covenant defeats his foe, Lord Foul the Despiser, not by killing him in combat but by absorbing him into himself.
As the Cambridge philosopher and Nietzsche specialist Michael Tanner (himself the editor of a book of aphorisms) points out, Nietzsche's books of aphorisms mix two-line zingers ("Anyone who despises himself will still respect himself as a despiser") with mini-essays that can run to a page and a half.
His story involves comparisons between familiar characters in succeeding eras, paired along rationalist/ pluralist lines: from John Locke and more historically minded Whigs in the 17th century; through Voltaire as despiser of religion and admirer of enlightened despots and Montesquieu as opponent of royal absolutism and admirer of the estates in mid-18th-century France; to Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke during the era of the American and French revolutions; and culminating in the subtler 19th-century contrast of John Stuart Mill, for the rationalists, with his friend Alexis de Tocqueville, for pluralism.
He had his curule chair brought at once, and having thereby become a more noble despiser than his despising young nobles, he disdainfully looked down upon them in their envy from the seat of public office and not from an ordinary chair.
Lanya Lamouria begins to trace this Hegelian genealogy, pointing to Viridor's explicit statement, '"I am no despiser of Hegel'" (39); to the unanticipated "one good effect" of the new market's attention to "the nature of the Soul," that "stupid people began to find their level, and comparatively honest men to rise in estimation" (101); and to the consequent rise in intellectualism of all sorts, manifested in the transformation of the "cheap literature of the hour" from G.