• WordNet 3.6
    • v despise 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Despise 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.""Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • despise To look down upon; contemn; scorn; disdain.
    • despise To reject; throw away.
    • despise To look upon; contemplate.
    • despise Synonyms Contemn, Disdain, etc. See scorn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Despise de-spīz′ to look down upon with contempt: to scorn
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  • Henry Wheeler Shaw
    Henry Wheeler Shaw
    “We hate those who will not take our advice, and despise them who do.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “If you value a man's regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper -- and despise it.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    “Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.”
  • George Santayana
    “Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.”
  • James Baldwin
    “A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. despiz, despire—L. despicĕrede, down, specĕre, to look.


In literature:

Methinks Cuthbert will need no hint from me to despise the home of the honest wool stapler.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The French nobles professed to despise the English as traitors.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Now what do you think of anybody who could despise work?
""Say Fellows--"" by Wade C. Smith
As it is, he treats us as his own subjects and despises us as Galba's.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
They despised her remarks and pitied her because her son was so unlike other boys and caused her anxiety.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
I am not despising the accumulated learning of the past.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge
Though immortal, you are an outcast from the gods, and despised by good men.
"The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates" by Xenophon
He despised and hated them.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
I can see that plain enough, and despise myself for it.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
And she must despise him!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Mirabeau was great enough not to fear, and just enough not to despise him.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The people and the wise constitute the world; these despise it, and are despised.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Very often, in case of conquest by an invading tribe, the smiths remain under the invaders as a subject and despised caste.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The sophistries of the schools he despised; they had distorted and mystified the truth.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
We despise the plans of Nature's Ruler and substitute our own.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Oh, Berlin, Berlin, you will despise me now!
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
Thus belief prompts to do as the world does, to value what is exalted and to despise what is humble.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
I hate you, and worse yet, I despise you.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
Again he learnt his lesson: if he took her it was a paucity which he was forced to despise.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Though Raoul would not have known what else to do, he despised his two men for their uselessness.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

It may be that in this cold world,
You will be ostracised
For noble truths which you have hurled
At those who right despise.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
What matter that my sorrows rest
On ills which men despise!
More hopeless heaves my aching breast
Than when a prophet sighs.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Great God! appear to their surprise;
Reveal thy dreadful name;
Let them no more thy wrath despise,
Nor turn our hope to shame.
"Psalm 14 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Or rather, Love's delights despising,
Haste to raptures ever rising
Wine shall bless the brave and free.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
Wandering and toiling without gain,
The slave of others' will,
With constant care, and frequent pain,
Despised, forgotten still;
"If This Be All" by Anne Bronte
A broken heart, my God, my King,
Is all the sacrifice I bring;
The God of grace will ne'er despise
A broken heart for sacrifice.
"Psalm 51 part 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Staff meeting to attempt to annoy us — now that you all know what we each secretly despise.
This is a textbook example of why it's so easy to understand Black people who despise the Minneapolis Police Department uniform on sight and are loath to give the person wearing it even the slightest benefit of the doubt.
If you're going to survive either of our two best golf courses, you'll need to do what every weekend golfer despises: practice.
Today, he is widely reviled as the country's most despised leader.
LUST, despisement and murderous intent have no need of speech to make themselves heard.
I've been thinking and writing about celebrated/despised monologist Mike Daisey's imminent return to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with a revised version of his Apple manufacturing expose The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs for days now.
Many men in the unit despised the murder victim, Pfc.
I gleefully despise those people.
One Sheik's Mission: To Teach the Young to Despise Western Culture .
Grammar, Henry Fowler wrote in 1926 in his "Dictionary of Modern English Usage," is "a poor despised branch of learning".
A food developer urges resisting sweet lures and braving taste shocks, new cuisines and despised dishes.
The Lunchtime Listen's Favorite Albums of 2012 No 15: 'The Great Despiser' by Joe Pug.
He never does his side work (polishing silverware, buffing wineglasses, folding napkins) and despises the younger servers , recognizing in them his wasted youth.
Nazis despised both socialists and democrats.
People may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our argument, despise our person, but they are helpless against our prayers.

In science:

On the other hand, many experimentalists despise the sub ject because supersymmetric predictions always seem to lie just out of reach.
The Status of Supersymmetry
The conservatives in the department dislike, even despise the non-traditional approach and say that the course is, in their words, too political.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
Such elections are thus computationally vulnerable to insincere voting from a coalition of agents for their collective benefit, whether their goal is to elect a preferred candidate (constructive manipulation) or to prevent the election of a despised candidate (destructive manipulation).
The Complexity of Manipulating $k$-Approval Elections