[ US /dɪˈspaɪz/ ]
[ UK /dɪspˈa‍ɪz/ ]
  1. 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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How To Use despise In A Sentence

  • While some things bug Yagoda he despises "enthuse," for example, he has a healthy skepticism toward language extremists. oh, the irony, part 2
  • They acted out of a conscience that patriots despised but at least could understand.
  • Truly, they are now loathed and despised in newspapers across the world.
  • This refers to a miser, perhaps the most despised of all types in a world where generosity is the yardstick by which humanity is measured.
  • As for him, he believed the Quakers to be those agents of the devil foretold in the New Testament, who ‘despise dominion and speak evil of dignities.’
  • He despised Hitler and Nazism as an emanation of ‘mass man’ and he believed the defeat of the Nazis would also bring an end to the power of the masses too.
  • That despisement she felt all the way through to her spine. All The Available Light
  • Like the rancher, the irrigator was a conservative and despised any intervention from government. Centennial
  • She was a beautiful ship, in what we call "high kelter;" she seemed a living body, conscious of her own superior power over her opponents, whose shot she despised, as they fell thick and fast about her, while she deliberately took up an admirable position for battle. Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer
  • She ended up living and working with Hong Kong's most despised and poorest inhabitants in a slum known as the Walled City.
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