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despise

[ dih-spahyz ]
/ dɪˈspaɪz /
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verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.

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

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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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