despise

[ dih-spahyz ]
/ dɪˈspaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.

to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.

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CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PART OF SPEECH QUIZ!

How well do you know your adjectives from your adverbs? Your preposition from your pronouns? Your interjections from your conjunctions? Let’s put your knowledge of parts of speech to the text! Note: Many of the following questions will ask you to identify the parts of speech “in order.” That means the first word in all capital letters will correspond to the first option in an answer, and so on.
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In order, what parts of speech are the words in all capital letters? Alisa was VERY tired, SO she decided to go to bed.

Origin of despise

1250–1300; Middle English despisen < Old French despis-, stem of despire < Latin dēspicere; see despicable

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British Dictionary definitions for despise

despise
/ (dɪˈspaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to look down on with contempt; scornhe despises flattery

Derived forms of despise

despiser, noun

Word Origin for despise

C13: from Old French despire, from Latin dēspicere to look down, from de- + specere to look
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