Definition of despise in English:



[with object]
  • Feel contempt or a deep repugnance for.

    ‘he despised himself for being selfish’
    • ‘We should be contemptuous of their presumption; we should despise their new wealth.’
    • ‘He focuses his fury on his father, refusing to visit him and despising his mother for her desperate attempts to keep the family united.’
    • ‘In which case, maybe despising that humanity makes sense after all.’
    • ‘She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.’
    • ‘It is possible to fault the ruling class without despising the entire people.’
    • ‘Having read that she despises interviews, I'm not surprised when she delays ours as long as possible by asking me loads of questions.’
    • ‘I could tell them why they could hate and despise others, but that is not leadership.’
    • ‘I am one of those who despises the nastiness no matter where it comes from.’
    • ‘She would hate and despise him for it, not to mention that it showed he was weak.’
    • ‘You can't help but love that angry loner who absolutely despises Christmas.’
    • ‘By not having kids, not working in a ‘conventional’ way, and despising consumerism and materialism, I often feel very much on the outside of everything.’
    • ‘Consequently, they often went about doing things they resented doing, and then went home despising themselves for behaving as they had done.’
    • ‘His complex character is presented as a contradiction, as he despises cheats but finds many ways throughout the film to prove that he is one.’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘She is an absolutist, despising those opportunists who take time out of normal life for a little promiscuity.’
    • ‘Within two days I started despising them and feeling slightly guilty about my earlier reaction.’
    • ‘I can tell she hates my mother, despises her so much she wishes she had never set foot in her office.’
    • ‘He never quite grew out of despising his audience.’
    • ‘I would like to know therefore why she hates and despises these unfortunates so vehemently.’
    • ‘I know all about despising other nationalities.’
    detest, hate, loathe, abhor, abominate, execrate, regard with contempt, feel contempt for, shrink from, be repelled by, not be able to bear, not be able to stand, not be able to stomach, find intolerable, deplore, dislike
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Middle English: from Old French despire, from Latin despicere, from de- ‘down’ + specere ‘look at’.