What does despise mean?

Definitions for despise
dɪˈspaɪzde·spise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemn, despise, scorn, disdainverb

    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. despiseverb

    To regard with contempt or scorn.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DESPISEverb

    For, lo, I will make thee small among the Heathen, and despised among men. Jer. xlix. 15.

    My sons their old unhappy sire despise,
    Spoil’d of his kingdom, and depriv’d of eyes. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    Let not your ears despise my tongue for ever,
    Which shall possess them with the heaviest sound
    That ever yet they heard. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Despiseverb

    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. Rose McGowan:

    Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa.

  2. 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.

  3. Feltham:

    We magnify the wealthy man, though his parts be never so poor. The poor man we despise, be he never so well qualified. Gold is the coverlet of imperfections. It is the fool?s curtain, which hides all his defects from the world.

  4. Danny Stockstill:

    I despise the fact he thinks it’s OK to have an affair with a porn star, pay her off and pretend like it doesn’t matter.

  5. Quentin Crisp:

    To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.

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