despise [di spīz′]
despised, despising [ME despisen < OFr despis-, stem of despirer < L despicere, to look down upon, despise < de, down, from + specere, to look at: see SPECTACLE]
1. to look down on with contempt and scorn
2. to regard with dislike or repugnance
SYN.- HATE, DESPISE implies a strong emotional response toward that which one looks down upon with contempt or aversion [to despise a hypocrite ]; to SCORN is to feel indignation toward or deep contempt for [to scorn the offer of a bribe ]; DISDAIN implies a haughty or arrogant contempt for what one considers beneath one's dignity [to disdain flattery ]; CONTEMN, chiefly a literary word, implies a vehement disapproval of a person or thing as base, vile, or despicable

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  • despise — despise, contemn, scorn, disdain, scout mean to regard a person or thing as beneath one s notice or as unworthy of one s attention or interest. The same differences in implications and connotations are observable in the corresponding nouns… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • despise — c.1300, from O.Fr. despis , prp. stem of despire to despise, from L. despicere look down on, scorn, from de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + spicere/specere look at (see SCOPE (Cf. scope) (1)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • despise — index contemn, decry, disdain, disfavor, dishonor (deprive of honor), flout, misprize, rebuff, reject …   Law dictionary

  • despise — must be spelt ise, not ize. See ise …   Modern English usage

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  • despise — ► VERB ▪ feel contempt or repugnance for. DERIVATIVES despiser noun. ORIGIN Latin despicere look down …   English terms dictionary

  • despise — v. 1) to despise utterly 2) (D; tr.) to despise for (I despised him for his cowardice) 3) (K) I despise his refusing to accept responsibility * * * [dɪs paɪz] (K) I despise his refusing to accept responsibility to despiseutterly (D;tr.) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

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  • despise — verb he despised weakness Syn: detest, hate, loathe, abhor, execrate, deplore, dislike; scorn, disdain, look down on, deride, sneer at, revile; spurn, shun; formal abominate; archaic, or literary contemn Ant …   Thesaurus of popular words

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