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Synonyms for despise
dɪˈspaɪz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contemn, despise, scorn, disdain(verb)

    look down on with disdain

    "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

    Synonyms:
    contemn, spurn, reject, pooh-pooh, turn down, scorn, freeze off, disdain

Wiktionary

  1. despise(verb)

    Synonyms:
    scorn

    Antonyms:
    revere, respect

  2. despise(verb)

    To regard with contempt or scorn.

    Synonyms:
    scorn

    Antonyms:
    respect, revere

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. despise

    Abhor is stronger than despise, implying a shuddering recoil, especially a moral recoil. "How many shun evil as inconvenient who do not abhor it as hateful." Trench Serm. in Westm. Abbey xxvi, 297. [Murray's "New English Dictionary"] Detest expresses indignation, with something of contempt. Loathe implies disgust, physical or moral. We abhor a traitor, despise a coward, detest a liar. We dislike an uncivil person. We abhor cruelty, hate tyranny. We loathe a reptile or a flatterer. We abhor Milton's heroic Satan, but we can not despise him.

    Synonyms:
    abhor, abominate, detest, dislike, hate, loathe, nauseate, scorn, shun

    Antonyms:
    admire, approve, covet, crave, desire, enjoy, esteem, esteem, like, love, relish

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. despise(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    contemn, scorn, spurn, disdain, scout, slight, disregard, hold in contempt, look down upon

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. despise(v)

    Synonyms:
    contemn, disdain

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "despise":

    hate, despised, scorn

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How to use despise in a sentence?

  1. Ben Azai:

    Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything for there is no man who has not his hour, nor is there anything that has not its place.

  2. Robert Thompson:

    There are a few reasons that I think some people really might despise this show, they don't want to spend time with these characters, people who are sensitive to stories about animals very much could be bothered.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.

  4. Russell Green:

    The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The big fire has no right to despise the little spark!


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