transitive verb (despised; despising) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French despis-, stem of despire, from Latin despicere, from de- + specere to look — more at spy Date: 14th century 1. to look down on with contempt or aversion <
despised the weak
2. to regard as negligible, worthless, or distastefuldespisement noundespiser noun Synonyms: despise, contemn, scorn, disdain mean to regard as unworthy of one's notice or consideration. despise may suggest an emotional response ranging from strong dislike to loathing <
despises cowards
. contemn implies a vehement condemnation of a person or thing as low, vile, feeble, or ignominious <
contemns the image of women promoted by advertisers
. scorn implies a ready or indignant contempt <
scorns the very thought of retirement
. disdain implies an arrogant or supercilious aversion to what is regarded as unworthy <
disdained popular music

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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