SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing. to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe. Origin of despise 1250–1300; Middle English despisen
Old French despis-,
despicable Related forms de·spis·a·ble, adjective de·spis·a·ble·ness, noun de·spis·er, noun de·spis·ing·ly, adverb un·de·spised, adjective un·de·spis·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for despiser Historical Examples of despiser
This Ameres, whom the people regard as so holy, is at heart a
despiser of the gods.
Avoid affiance with a
despiser of the Christian religion, whatever else he may have or may not have.
He is intensely proud of his caste, a
despiser of his Christian fellow-townsmen.
For it is said that the
despiser of ladies is never worthy in arms.
The man was a leveller, a chartist, a positivist—a
despiser of dignities! British Dictionary definitions for despiser verb (tr) to look down on with contempt; scorn he despises flattery Derived Forms 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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Word Origin and History for despiser 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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