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Definition of "despise" []

  • To regard with contempt or scorn: despised all cowards and flatterers. (verb-transitive)
  • To dislike intensely; loathe: despised the frigid weather in January. (verb-transitive)
  • To regard as unworthy of one's interest or concern: despised any thought of their own safety. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "despise" in a sentence
  • "Christmas Retail. and the 'plastic crap' you despise is possibly less offensive than the really costly items that media informs young minds they could should would expect."
  • "Because of this, the impetus to engage in violent fantasy, even of those whom we most righteously despise, is not something to be encouraged."
  • "But what I really despise is an acronym that I only recently encountered, “RoVA.”"