1. despise

verb. ['dɪˈspaɪz'] look down on with disdain.


  • scorn
  • disdain
  • hate
  • look down on
  • detest


  • admire
  • accept
  • liking
  • benevolence


  • despisen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • despis- (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Despise

  • sensationalize
  • decriminalize
  • misapplies
  • improvise
  • underlies
  • pint-size
  • mcfly's
  • comprise
  • complies
  • vanhise
  • surprise
  • supply's
  • supplies
  • shanghai's
  • reprise
  • replies
  • oversize
  • marseilles
  • implies
  • goodbyes
  • emprise
  • duis
  • disguise
  • decries
  • chastise
  • baptize
  • upsize
  • unwise
  • surmise
  • revise

How do you pronounce despise?

Pronounce despise as dɪˈspaɪz.

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Sentences with despise

1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Yorkie puppies despise the cold and wet weather.

2. Verb, base form
Elderly dogs do not despise young pups.

Quotes about despise

1. There is something uniquely depressing about the fact that the National Portrait Gallery's version of the Barack Obama 'Hope' poster previously belonged to a pair of lobbyists. Depressing because Mr. Obama's Washington was not supposed to be the lobbyists' Washington, the place we learned to despise during the last administration.
- Thomas Frank

2. The dupe of friendship, and the fool of love; have I not reason to hate and to despise myself? Indeed I do; and chiefly for not having hated and despised the world enough.
- William Hazlitt

3. I despise shows that present friendship where you're always there for each other and really strong because I don't know anyone like that. I mean, I've got great friends, but I can go months without seeing them because I think, 'I just can't deal with having to give you anything.'
- Sharon Horgan