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despise

[dih-spahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.
  1. to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.

Origin of despise

1250–1300; Middle English despisen < Old French despis-, stem of despire < Latin dēspicere; see despicable
Related formsde·spis·a·ble, adjectivede·spis·a·ble·ness, nounde·spis·er, nounde·spis·ing·ly, adverbun·de·spised, adjectiveun·de·spis·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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contemn, detest.

Antonyms

admire.
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Examples from the Web for despisable

Historical Examples

  • A peddler without goods and without money is sure to be despisable.

    The Spy

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • “And then you will be despisable,” said the housekeeper bitterly.

    The Spy

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Hech, but it be a despisable thing to rin open mouth to the—I'll no mention whae—for their greed o' meat.

  • They have a great fishing trade here, as well for supply of the country as for merchandise, and the towns are not despisable.

  • Anything but resentment there would have been unnatural, not to say inhuman and despisable, in a daughter.

    V. V.'s Eyes

    Henry Sydnor Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for despisable

despise

verb
  1. (tr) to look down on with contempt; scornhe despises flattery
Derived Formsdespiser, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French despire, from Latin dēspicere to look down, from de- + specere to look
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Word Origin and History for despisable

despise

v.

c.1300, from Old French despis-, present participle stem of despire "to despise," from Latin despicere "look down on, scorn," from de- "down" (see de-) + spicere/specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Related: Despised; despising.

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