from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To regard with contempt or scorn: despised all cowards and flatterers.
- transitive v. To dislike intensely; loathe: despised the frigid weather in January.
- transitive v. To regard as unworthy of one's interest or concern: despised any thought of their own safety.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To regard with contempt or scorn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look down upon; contemn; scorn; disdain.
- To reject; throw away.
- To look upon; contemplate.
- Synonyms Contemn, Disdain, etc. See scorn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. look down on with disdain
Middle English despisen, from Old French despire, despis-, from Latin dēspicere : dē-, de- + specere, to look; see spek- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English despisen, from Old French despis-, stem of despire, from Latin despicere, present active infinitive of dēspiciō ("I look down upon, despise, scorn"), from de ("down") + speciō ("I look at, behold"). (Wiktionary)