Definition of despise in English:



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

    ‘he despised himself for being selfish’
    • ‘Consequently, they often went about doing things they resented doing, and then went home despising themselves for behaving as they had done.’
    • ‘Having read that she despises interviews, I'm not surprised when she delays ours as long as possible by asking me loads of questions.’
    • ‘He loathes war and militarism, and despises chauvinism in every form.’
    • ‘Within two days I started despising them and feeling slightly guilty about my earlier reaction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am one of those who despises the nastiness no matter where it comes from.’
    • ‘I could tell them why they could hate and despise others, but that is not leadership.’
    • ‘We should be contemptuous of their presumption; we should despise their new wealth.’
    • ‘I can tell she hates my mother, despises her so much she wishes she had never set foot in her office.’
    • ‘I would like to know therefore why she hates and despises these unfortunates so vehemently.’
    • ‘It is possible to fault the ruling class without despising the entire people.’
    • ‘He focuses his fury on his father, refusing to visit him and despising his mother for her desperate attempts to keep the family united.’
    • ‘She despises the old order, but equally fears and loathes the new lack of order.’
    • ‘You can't help but love that angry loner who absolutely despises Christmas.’
    • ‘She would hate and despise him for it, not to mention that it showed he was weak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In which case, maybe despising that humanity makes sense after all.’
    • ‘She is an absolutist, despising those opportunists who take time out of normal life for a little promiscuity.’
    • ‘He never quite grew out of despising his audience.’
    • ‘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’.