from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who despises; a scorner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who despises; a contemner; a scorner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who despises.


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  • At one extreme was Andrea McArdle's Miss Hannigan, boozy and bitter, a despiser of children (an unfortunate trait for an administrator of an orphanage).

    James Scarborough: "Annie," Musical Theatre West

  • Still, she is a better choice than B.O. who is coming across as an elitist racist, demeanor of ordinary suburban people, sider with Farrakhan and hateful religious beliefs, despiser of traditions, abaser of the American seniors - and he has backers who trust him????

    Clinton faces uphill battle in North Carolina

  • That oath, of course, is administered by a defiantly proud, even cheerful, self-admitted war criminal Dick Cheney, a serial subverter and despiser of the Constitution, with whose eternally disgraceful continued presence in office Reid and his minions have had no particular problem despite their profound Constitutional responsibility to end it by impeaching him.

    Frank Dwyer: As Bad as Blagojevich Is . . .

  • And I say that as a despiser of the first, who who not an orator but a 24 carat bullshitter; and as a loyal subject of the second, who has the supreme gift of regal detachment and a deep sense of duty, but probably no common sense at all - if she had, she would have abdicated long ago, having been betrayed by almost every government during her reign in one way or another.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Augustine, incidentally, is by no means the despiser of reason depicted in Objectivist lore; indeed, we all owe an incalculable debt to Augustine for championing the Greek philosophical tradition against those Christians who sought to jettison all pagan thought.

    Abortion on demand and without apology (Kiwi edition)

  • Well, this despiser of Democrats thinks it is a big deal.

    "Troopergate" requires a "disambiguation" page in Wikipedia.

  • This despiser of the laws of elegance had brushed and perfumed his hair; his waistcoat followed the fashion, his cravat was well tied, the bosom of his shirt was irreproachably smooth.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • Apparently, George W. Bush -- famed warmonger, despoiler of lands, despiser of gays and women and science and earthly resource, hapless fascist-wannabe -- it seems George just visited Guatemala, where he happily trod upon a holy Mayan site or two and shook hands with wary diplomats and blinked a lot and mispronounced a hundred different names.


  • Fulvia, written after the horrors of the proscriptions, proves that he was no less a despiser of decency in his language than he was a barbarian in his conduct.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Or if he be a freeman, in addition to being thought a mean person and a despiser of the laws, let him pay ten times the value of the treasure which he has moved to the leaver.



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