to look down on love

to look down on


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. to treat with indifference or contempt; to regard as an inferior; to despise.


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  • From Broughton I went to see Edgehill where was the ffamous Battle ffought in Cromwell's tyme – its 10 mile off, the Ridge of hills runns a great length and so high that the land beneath it appeares vastly distant, its a rich ground full of inclosures and lookes finely, tho 'fformidable to look down on it and turnes one's head round – the wind allwayes blows wth great violence there because of the Steepeness of ye hills.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

  • She wandered on, out of the church, away from the beautiful old ivied tower, which seemed to look down on her with grave reproach from the staidness of years and wisdom; wound about over and among the piles of shapeless ruin and the bits of lichened and moss-grown walls, yet standing here and there; not saying to herself exactly where she was going, but trying if she could find out the way; till she saw a thicket of thorn and holly bushes that she remembered.

    The Old Helmet

  • It was all she had – the consciousness that she, from her vantage-ground of completeness and experience, had the right to look down on me – on one of the unmarried, a woman who "could not understand."

    Marriage as a Trade

  • We seemed to be making for the far shore, cutting through the water at a great rate, with the steam-boats shrilling their hooters and passengers crowding the rail to look down on us; as we neared the shore-line of wharves ahead, there seemed to be some jamboree in progress, and the sound of brass bands was mingling with the steam whistles and the cry of the sea-birds.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Lorrie’s father had been involved in too many nefarious activities to look down on anyone.


  • Like Missy Thurber was even remotely good enough to look down on someone like Noelle Lange.


  • Grudging, true, and not very strong, but it was difficult to look down on someone after they had saved your neck a few times.

    The Fires of Heaven

  • Now, I think it is/[Page 279]/more pleasant, or rather less unpleasant, to look down on one's promoted "maid-of-all-work," than to be looked down upon by one's "professed cook."

    New Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • With a whole sky-full of worlds on His hands to manage, I'm not believing that He has time to look down on ours, and pick you out of all the millions of us sinners, and set a special kind of torture to eating you.

    A Girl of the Limberlost


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