Despise De*spise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Despised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Despising}.] [OF. despis-, in some forms of despire to despise, fr. L. despicere, despectum, to look down upon, despise; de- + spicere, specere, to look. See {Spy}, and cf. {Despicable}, {Despite}.] To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of. [1913 Webster]

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. --Prov. i. 7. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.