What does despise mean?

Definitions for despise
dɪˈspaɪzde·spise

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.

    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. Voltaire:

    You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.

  2. Josh Billings:

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

  3. Louisa May Alcott:

    Young men often laugh at the sensible girls whom they secretly respect, and affect to admire the silly ones whom they secretly despise, because earnestness, intelligence, and womanly dignity are not the fashion.

  4. Ben Azai, Mishna:

    Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything; for there is no man who has not his hour, nor is there anything that has not its place.

  5. 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.

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