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Meaning of DESPISE

Pronunciation:  di'spIz

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  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"

DESPISE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: contemn, disdain, scorn
 See Also: detest, hate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*spise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Despised}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Despising}.] [OF. despis-, in some forms of despire
to despise, fr. L. despicere, despectum, to look down upon,
despise; de- + spicere, specere, to look. See {Spy}, and cf.
{Despicable}, {Despite}.]
To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to
scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous
dislike of.

      Fools despise wisdom and instruction.    --Prov. i. 7.

      Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect
      those who do not give way to them.       --Jowett
                                               (Thucyd. ).

Syn: To contemn; scorn; disdain; slight; undervalue. See

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