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In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values.
Diane Abbott

Meaning of "despise" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DESPISE

From Old French despire, from Latin dēspicere to look down, from de- + specere to look.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DESPISE

despise  [dɪˈspaɪz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DESPISE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Despise is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb despise in English.

WHAT DOES DESPISE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Despise

Despise means to regard with contempt or scorn. It may also refer to: Music ▪ Despised Icon, an extreme metal band ▪ Despise the Sun, an album ▪ A song by metal band, Slipknot on the digipak version of their self-titled album. The lyrics were later reused in the b-side track Purity. ▪ "I Despise You", a song on Punkophilia! by the Bulbulators ▪ "Despicable Heroes", a song on the Anthems of Rebellion album by Arch Enemy ▪ Despise You, a powerviolence/hardcore band ▪ "Despicable", a song by the artist Eminem Film and Television ▪ Despicable Villain! The Mystery of Onigumo!, an InuYasha anime episode ▪ Despicable Me, a 2010 animated comedy film starring Steve Carell and Jason Segel Miscellaneous ▪ One of the eight dungeons opposing the eight virtues in the Ultima series...

Definition of despise in the English dictionary

The definition of despise in the dictionary is to look down on with contempt; scorn.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DESPISE

PRESENT

Present
I despise
you despise
he/she/it despises
we despise
you despise
they despise
Present continuous
I am despising
you are despising
he/she/it is despising
we are despising
you are despising
they are despising
Present perfect
I have despised
you have despised
he/she/it has despised
we have despised
you have despised
they have despised
Present perfect continuous
I have been despising
you have been despising
he/she/it has been despising
we have been despising
you have been despising
they have been despising
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I despised
you despised
he/she/it despised
we despised
you despised
they despised
Past continuous
I was despising
you were despising
he/she/it was despising
we were despising
you were despising
they were despising
Past perfect
I had despised
you had despised
he/she/it had despised
we had despised
you had despised
they had despised
Past perfect continuous
I had been despising
you had been despising
he/she/it had been despising
we had been despising
you had been despising
they had been despising
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will despise
you will despise
he/she/it will despise
we will despise
you will despise
they will despise
Future continuous
I will be despising
you will be despising
he/she/it will be despising
we will be despising
you will be despising
they will be despising
Future perfect
I will have despised
you will have despised
he/she/it will have despised
we will have despised
you will have despised
they will have despised
Future perfect continuous
I will have been despising
you will have been despising
he/she/it will have been despising
we will have been despising
you will have been despising
they will have been despising
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would despise
you would despise
he/she/it would despise
we would despise
you would despise
they would despise
Conditional continuous
I would be despising
you would be despising
he/she/it would be despising
we would be despising
you would be despising
they would be despising
Conditional perfect
I would have despise
you would have despise
he/she/it would have despise
we would have despise
you would have despise
they would have despise
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been despising
you would have been despising
he/she/it would have been despising
we would have been despising
you would have been despising
they would have been despising
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you despise
we let´s despise
you despise
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to despise
Past participle
despised
Present Participle
despising
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DESPISE


episcopise
ɛˈpɪskəˌpaɪz
episcopize
ɛˈpɪskəˌpaɪz
occupies
ˈɒkjʊpaɪz
penelopise
pɪˈnɛləˌpaɪz
penelopize
pɪˈnɛləˌpaɪz
pize
paɪz
preoccupies
prɪˈɒkjʊpaɪz
reoccupies
ˌriːˈɒkjʊpaɪz
spies
spaɪz
stylopise
ˈstaɪləˌpaɪz
stylopize
ˈstaɪləˌpaɪz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DESPISE

desperateness
desperation
despicability
despicable
despicableness
despicably
despiritualise
despiritualize
despisable
despisal
despisedness
despisement
despiser
despisingly
despite
despiteful
despitefully
despitefulness
despiteous
despiteously

WORDS THAT END LIKE DESPISE

advise
bise
cruise
enterprise
exercise
expertise
franchise
merchandise
mise
noise
otherwise
paradise
praise
precise
promise
raise
rise
sunrise
surprise
wise

Synonyms and antonyms of despise in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DESPISE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «despise» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of despise

Translation of «despise» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DESPISE

Find out the translation of despise to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of despise from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «despise» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

鄙视
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

despreciar
570 millions of speakers

English

despise
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घृणा
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

يَحْتَقِرُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

презирать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desprezar
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অবজ্ঞা করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

mépriser
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Membenci
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verachten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

軽蔑する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

경멸하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nyepelekake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

khinh thường
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தூற்றும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

तिरस्कार
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

küçümsemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

disprezzare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wzgardzić
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

зневажати
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a disprețui
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

περιφρονώ
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

verwerp
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

förakta
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

forakte
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of despise

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DESPISE»

The term «despise» is quite widely used and occupies the 33.239 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DESPISE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about despise

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10 QUOTES WITH «DESPISE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word despise.
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Diane Abbott
In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values.
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Saint Basil
Do not despise the fish because they are absolutely unable to speak or to reason, but fear lest you may be even more unreasonable than they by resisting the command of the Creator. Listen to the fish, who through their actions all but utter this word: 'We set out on this long journey for the perpetuation of our species.'
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Taylor Branch
There are an awful lot of people who despise government precisely because it opened the door for common citizenship for people of all races and all natures in the United States.
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John O. Brennan
Yes, war is hell. It is awful. It involves human beings killing other human beings, sometimes innocent civilians. That is why we despise war.
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Fanny Burney
To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind.
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Emily Carr
The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women.
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Linda Chavez
For generations, even many otherwise decent white Southerners learned to despise black people.
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Noam Chomsky
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
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Charles Caleb Colton
We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear.
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Abraham Cowley
Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DESPISE»

Discover the use of despise in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to despise and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Team America Loves to Hate: Why Baseball Fans Despise ...
This book examines the animosity towards the New York Yankees among fans of Major League Baseball and what that revilement says about the game, its fans, and America itself.
Charles R. Warner, 2009
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Because You Despise Me
When a young Nazi officer is killed in the North African city of Maarif, police chief Captain Nicolas Renard immediately suspects Jacob Plenty, the American owner of the upscale brothel known as "Paradise."
J. S. Cook, 2009
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Yankees Suck!: The Official Guide for Fans Who Hate, ...
Do pinstripes get you peeved? Do you wish the "House That Ruth Built" would get condemned? Are you convinced that George Steinbrenner is in league with Lucifer? Then this is the book for you!
Jim Gerard, 2005
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Why I Despise Witchcraft
D. M. Lake. unto the will of mine enemies; for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14Wait on the Lord; be of ...
D. M. Lake, 2005
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The Great Gatsby
A social satire and a milestone in 20th century literature, 'The Great Gatsby' peels away the layers of the glamorous twenties in the U.S. to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart.
F.Scott Fitzgerald, 2012
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The works of Robert Sanderson, D.D., sometime Bishop of Lincoln
The one for the strong, that he despise not, Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not. The other for the weak, that he judge not, Let not him that eateth not judge him that eateth. Of which when I shall have spoken somewhat on their ...
Robert Sanderson, 1854
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Fifty sermons preached upon several occasions
And thus I have endeavour'd to clear the way towards the right apprehending the full scope and design of these Words, Them that honour me I will honour ; and they that despise me shall be lightly ejieemedi Wherein are two things to be ...
Edward Stillingfleet, 1707
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The Authentic You
Don't despise small beginnings ─ Actor Matthew McConaughey was a chicken coop cleaner. Don't despise small beginnings ─ Talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres once worked as a house painter, waitress, sales clerk and an ...
Josie Slaton Terry, 2013
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The People You Despise Shall Rule Over You: Jesus Christ's ...
THE message to the world from Jesus Christ. How to retrain your life after September 11.
Jordan Ben Maccabee, 2001
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Let No Man Despise Thee
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Pennsylvania. College, H L Baugher, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DESPISE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term despise is used in the context of the following news items.
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Clinton's Top Aides Have Lobbied for Companies Liberals Despise
Not only is Hillary taking money from lobbyists; she's also hiring them to run her campaign. —By Patrick Caldwell. | Wed Jul. 8, 2015 10:43 AM ... «Mother Jones, Jul 15»
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How Hitting The Snooze Button Could Save Lives And Billions Of …
It was the exact same alarm I use every morning — a sound I've grown to despise. Next to nails on a chalkboard, my alarm is quite possibly my ... «Elite Daily, Jul 15»
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Don't Be Mean To Commentators
It was the first (and second) time that my voice has ever been the one that you listen to or despise or mute. And it was a learning experience. «Surfing Magazine, Jul 15»
4
Ultimate SEC road trip: Week 12
These two fan bases absolutely despise each other, but, man, do they put on a helluva cooking show when they get together. It's Deep South ... «ESPN, Jul 15»
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Elijah and the Still, Small Voice
In a daring stroke of interpretation, he quotes the verse: 'Do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving' (Proverbs ... «Algemeiner, Jul 15»
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Karlovy Vary Review: Andrew Renzi's 'Franny' Starring Richard Gere …
... Franny's insistent insinuation into their lives is so inconsistent with the peeveishness of his stated reactions that we can't help but despise him ... «Indie Wire, Jul 15»
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War Without Mercy in Yemen. US Engineered Humanitarian Crisis
... injustice and oppression, so indescribable and unspeakable as they are, with all their hatred and their arrogance leading them to despise all ... «Center for Research on Globalization, Jul 15»
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Who cares if Kim Kardashian calls herself a feminist?
Either way, it becomes yet another excuse for all of us to talk in circles, restating our already held beliefs and rejecting those we despise. «The Week Magazine, Jul 15»
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When to Hold and When to Fold: Today's Gamble for Greece
This made Varoufakis's downfall even more delicious for those who despise him most: the Dijsselbloems. It gave Tsipras a significant ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»
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For half of Americans, ignorance is bliss
But I also despise America. I'm afraid of America's footprint in the world. I think Europe and Canada make sense and America doesn't. «South China Morning Post, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Despise [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/despise>. May 2019 ».
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