What does the word despise mean?

Usage examples for despise

  1. There is a " feeling of the House," a " sense" of the House, and no one who knows anything of it can despise it. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  2. He would not stay in the place which ought to despise him, and he might live in any part of the known world. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett