From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdespisede‧spise /dɪˈspaɪz/ ●○○ verb [transitive]DON'T LIKEto dislike and have a lowopinion of someone or somethingShe despised her neighbours.► see thesaurus at hateGRAMMAR: Using the progressiveDespise is not used in the progressive. You say: I despise such ignorance.✗Don’t say: I am despising such ignorance.→ See Verb table
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despise• We become a piece of all that we despise.• For there her body lies, side by side with Carlisle Graham, a man she despised.• The Earth, and the Goddess, become fearful as well as despised.• No wonder Adam had seemed at times to hate her, certainly to despise her.• Not that I know much about him, just that my philosophicalfriend Kevin Ricedespised him.• How I had despised his brutishness then, and how I longed for his toughness, his uncomplicated, animal certainty now.• Otis despisedinheritedwealth and social class.• I felt that the other kidsdespised me for having the wrongaccent and the wrong colourskin.• If you fly a lot on business, then you probably despise most airports.• They despised the idea and even the wordinnovation.• We were brought up to despise the people from the poor side of town. They seemed so dirty and ignorant.