verb (used with object), de·spised, de·spis·ing.
- to regard with contempt, distaste, disgust, or disdain; scorn; loathe.
- (tr) to look down on with contempt; scornhe despises flattery
c.1300, from Old French despis-, present participle stem of despire “to despise,” from Latin despicere “look down on, scorn,” from de- “down” (see de-) + spicere/specere “look at” (see scope (n.1)). Related: Despised; despising.