Meaning of despise in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈspʌɪz/

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[with object]
  • Feel contempt or a deep repugnance for.

    ‘he despised himself for being selfish’
    • ‘Within two days I started despising them and feeling slightly guilty about my earlier reaction.’
    • ‘I would like to know therefore why she hates and despises these unfortunates so vehemently.’
    • ‘I can tell she hates my mother, despises her so much she wishes she had never set foot in her office.’
    • ‘She would hate and despise him for it, not to mention that it showed he was weak.’
    • ‘I could tell them why they could hate and despise others, but that is not leadership.’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.’
    • ‘We should be contemptuous of their presumption; we should despise their new wealth.’
    • ‘By not having kids, not working in a ‘conventional’ way, and despising consumerism and materialism, I often feel very much on the outside of everything.’
    • ‘Consequently, they often went about doing things they resented doing, and then went home despising themselves for behaving as they had done.’
    • ‘I know all about despising other nationalities.’
    • ‘He never quite grew out of despising his audience.’
    • ‘In which case, maybe despising that humanity makes sense after all.’
    • ‘It is possible to fault the ruling class without despising the entire people.’
    • ‘He focuses his fury on his father, refusing to visit him and despising his mother for her desperate attempts to keep the family united.’
    • ‘She is an absolutist, despising those opportunists who take time out of normal life for a little promiscuity.’
    • ‘His complex character is presented as a contradiction, as he despises cheats but finds many ways throughout the film to prove that he is one.’
    • ‘You can't help but love that angry loner who absolutely despises Christmas.’
    • ‘Having read that she despises interviews, I'm not surprised when she delays ours as long as possible by asking me loads of questions.’
    • ‘I am one of those who despises the nastiness no matter where it comes from.’
    detest, hate, loathe, abhor, abominate, execrate, regard with contempt, feel contempt for, shrink from, be repelled by, not be able to bear, not be able to stand, not be able to stomach, find intolerable, deplore, dislike
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Middle English from Old French despire, from Latin despicere, from de- ‘down’ + specere ‘look at’.