What does despise mean?

Definitions for despise
dɪˈspaɪzde·spise

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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.

    Etymology: 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.]

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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

Examples of despise in a Sentence

  1. John Fowles, The Magus:

    I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope -- an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all.

  2. Ron Prosor:

    It is time for the international community to take a clear stand against those who build the foundations of terror by teaching children to detest and despise, this must start by speaking out against incitement in Palestinian society.

  3. Mary Wortley Montagu:

    I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.

  4. Sanskrit Proverb:

    Most men the good they have despise, And blessings which they have not prize: In winter, wish for summer?s glow, In summer, long for winter?s snow.

  5. Russell Green:

    The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

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