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de·spise  (d-spz)
tr.v. de·spised, de·spis·ing, de·spis·es
1. To regard with contempt or scorn: despised all cowards and flatterers.
2. To dislike intensely; loathe: despised the frigid weather in January.
3. To regard as unworthy of ones interest or concern: despised any thought of their own safety.

[Middle English despisen, from Old French despire, despis-, from Latin dspicere : d-, de- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]

de·spisal (-spzl) n.
de·spiser n.
Synonyms: despise, contemn, disdain, scorn, scout2
These verbs mean to regard with utter contempt: despises incompetence; contemned the dictators actions; disdained my suggestion; scorns sentimentality; scouted simplistic explanations.
Antonym: esteem

despise  /dspaz/  v. [T] -spised, -spising, -spises to hate, detest: The two teenage gangs despised each other. despise

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