What does despise mean?

Definitions for despisedɪˈspaɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word despise.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemn, despise, scorn, disdain(verb)

    look down on with disdain

    "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

Wiktionary

  1. despise(Verb)

    To regard with contempt or scorn.

  2. Origin: From despisen, from despis-, stem of despire, from despicere, present active infinitive of despicio, from de + specio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despise(verb)

    to look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Despise

    de-spīz′, v.t. to look down upon with contempt: to scorn.—adj. Despis′able.—ns. Despī′sal, contempt; Despis′edness (Milt.); Despis′er. [O. Fr. despiz, despire—L. despicĕrede, down, specĕre, to look.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of despise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of despise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mary Wortley Montagu:

    I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.

  2. Josh Billings:

    We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.

  3. Francis Bacon:

    Believe not much them that seem to despise riches, for they despise them that despair of them.

  4. Bruce Mehlman:

    Some CEOs despise Washington, think it's all a gimmick, and don't see any return on the invested effort.

  5. George Bernard Shaw:

    It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.

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