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She despises the people he has to work for.
  to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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despise despised despicable despising despises despiser despicably
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  • She despises the people he has to work for.
  • They despise each other.
  • she despised snakes
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Four days later take the side you despise...
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies

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  • before, they laughed at me and despised me for my ignorance and dullness; now, they hate me for my knowledge and understanding.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • I know he despises being useless, sitting still while war overtakes us.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Eager to find fault and despise any outsider.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It was despising and full of anger.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I came to despise the neighbors, my relatives and anybody else who had ever known me and the conditions under which I lived.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Kaa was not a poison snake—in fact he rather despised the poison snakes as cowards—but his strength lay in his hug, and when he had once lapped his huge coils round anybody there was no more to be said.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book

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  • The judge called Stanley’s crime despicable.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • The prosecutor, a round woman dressed all in green, including green fingernails done to match her bright green shoes, began by explaining to the jury what the charges were against Jordan, describing him as "a despicable monster."
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Long hours she sat looking in the mirror, trying to discover the secret of the ugliness, the ugliness that made her ignored or despised at school, by teachers and classmates alike.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • He hated her, for she seemed in some way to make him despise himself.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • in your heart you despise sensual pleasures.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • I’m glad you don’t despise the goods of this world.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • She wasn’t one of them, by any means, and I think that was probably what the other women simultaneously admired and despised the most.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Despicable!
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • I realize the answer to who I am lies in that handful of poisonous fruit. If I held them out to save Peeta because I knew I would be shunned if I came back without him, then I am despicable. If I held them out because I loved him, I am still self-centered, although forgivable. But if I held them out to defy the Capitol, I am someone of worth. The trouble is, I don’t know exactly what was going on inside me at that moment.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • People would call me a low-down Abolitionist and despise me for keeping mum—but that don’t make no difference.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • A shiver goes through me when I think of the proximity of my mother and sister to this man who despises me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Will always despise me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I despise your quick answers, your slogans in the subways, and most of all I despise your lack of good manners: you’ll never have ’cause as long as you exist.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Actually, we both think Bridget is annoying—she’s always really cheerful and she wears T-shirts with lame slogans like Unless You’re the Lead Dog the View Never Changes (no lie)—but Lindsay despises Anna and once wrote AC = WT all over the bathroom right across from the cafeteria—the one everyone uses.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • And then there’s Roland, who as much as he despises Connor, is now riding Connor’s fame wave for all it’s worth.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • When it came down to it, Chuck was the most vivid reason that he despised WICKED.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • I despised the women who staffed Comfort Hill: unsmiling, uncomforting.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • As much as I despise the word and what it implies, there is some truth to what she wrote about me.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Even his nanny—whom he despises, by the way—can’t keep up with him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • No one in your life has done anything but despise you.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Or maybe something less Star Warsy and more despicable: a traitor to his species.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • People used to talk about Shabana’s bad character, but our men both wished to see her dance and also despised her because she was a dancer.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • My former master called me ’Boxie’ and I despised it—an assault on my dignity!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • A man so despised, so foul tempered, so robotically inflexible that on the last day of eighth grade we defaced his yearbook picture with staples and left it like an effigy behind his seat.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Mrs. Hickey said, "Sometimes I despise you, James."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Enjoy the ride," Tommy says with a grin, the kind I’ve seen people wear when told something bad has happened to someone they despise.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • And amid all these people who despised the Lunar queen, Cinder seemed to be the only one who had resisted her.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Quite the opposite: I despise the notion.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Kit curtsied, noting with satisfaction that this was one woman who did not despise vain adornment.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "That’s despicable," he spat, and she blinked at the anger in his voice—anger that, for once, was not directed at her.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • When you were the only boy smashed between four sisters, and the older two had despised you ever since you stopped letting them dress you up and wheel you around in their rusty old doll carriage, and the littlest one cried if you looked at her cross-eyed, it was nice to have somebody who worshiped you.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia
  • Fifth Avenue despises the slums, and the slums hate Fifth Avenue.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • He had fought in the recent war against the French and he despised them for stirring up the Indians against the Maine settlements.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Sign of the Beaver
  • Perhaps he felt that even a person as despicable as T.J. needed someone he could call "friend," or perhaps he sensed T.J.’s vulnerability better than T.J. did himself.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • And I despise the smell of pickles.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • Oh, I despise an automatic lock!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • That would sound a lot better than the truth—that their own teammates despised them so much that they helped a stranger beat them up.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • She’s another despicable thing!"
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Some of the things he’s said over the past few days are starting to make sense, and I begin to feel more and more like the people I despise.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
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