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Definition of Despise


  1. To look down upon with disfavor or contempt; to contemn; to scorn; to disdain; to have a low opinion or contemptuous dislike of.

Despise Quotations

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Noam Chomsky

Freedom of speech means freedom for those who you despise, and freedom to express the most despicable views. It also means that the government cannot pick and choose which expressions to authorize and which to prevent.
Alan Dershowitz

Allah says in the Qur'an not to despise one another. So the criterion in Islam is not color or social status. It's who is most righteous. If I go to a mosque - and I'm a basketball player with money and prestige - if I go to a mosque and see an imam, I feel inferior. He's better than me. It's about knowledge.
Hakeem Olajuwon

I am content with nothing, restless and ambitious... and I despise myself for the vanity, which formed half the stimulus to my exertions. Oh would that I were one of those plodding wise fools who having once set their hand to the plough go on nothing doubting.
Thomas Huxley

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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Despise Translations

despise in Danish is foragte
despise in Dutch is minachten, verachten
despise in German is verachten, verachten, verachte
despise in Italian is disprezzare
despise in Latin is sperno sprevi spretum, conculco, despicio
despise in Spanish is desde ar, despreciar
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