despise

[dih-spahyz]

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

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

Nearby words

  1. desperado,
  2. desperate,
  3. desperately,
  4. desperation,
  5. despicable,
  6. despite,
  7. despiteful,
  8. despitefully,
  9. despiteous,
  10. despoil

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

verb

(tr) to look down on with contempt; scornhe despises flattery
Derived Formsdespiser, 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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Word Origin and History for despise

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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