De·spise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Despised p. pr. & vb. n. Despising.] To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of.
Fools despise wisdom and instruction. --Prov. i. 7.
Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them. --Jowett (Thucyd. ).
Syn: -- To contemn; scorn; disdain; slight; undervalue. See Contemn.
n : a feeling of scornful hatred [syn: despisal]