verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.
Origin of despise
Examples from the Web for despise
In their elitism and sense of entitlement, they represent much of what liberals are supposed to despise.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I despise it with every fiber of my being, but freedom of speech is vital to our nation.To Fight Pam Geller, Join Our Comedy Jihad at the MTA|Dean Obeidallah|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just two former bosses at CNN and NBC, the type of networks she professes to despise.
As a hunter with many guns, I despise these bullies and their deceitful shams of wildlife protection.
Quick images flash by: A young Cassius Clay showing off his gold medal (a man McConnell surely came to despise in the 1960s).
Singularly, the men who most despise women are the ones who seek to have her applause.The Lincoln Story Book|Henry L. Williams
It involves the idea it claims to despise—a human Saviour, a human atonement.Memoir of Rev. Joseph Badger|Elihu G. Holland
I always did despise a petty thief, but I never felt like kicking him till then.The Autobiography of a Thief|Hutchins Hapgood
Though they profess to despise theory, they are, in reality, enslaved by it.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 3 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
An unfortunate whom you hate and despise, and who would have given his life to serve you.The Bronze Eagle|Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
Word Origin for despise
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.