Definitions for despisedɪˈspaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•spisedɪˈspaɪz(v.t.)-spised, -spis•ing.

  1. to regard with contempt or disdain; scorn.

Origin of despise:

1250–1300; ME < OF despis-, s. of despire < L dēspicere; see despicable


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. despise(verb)ɪˈspaɪz

    ≠ admire

    I despised my father for his drunkenness.; We despise racism of any kind.


  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

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to look upon with scorn and contempt

I know he despises me for failing my exam.

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