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used in Beloved

4 uses
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to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
  • They despise it.
    One (52% in)
  • Digging in the heap she despised herself for having been so trusting, so quick to surrender at the stove while Paul D kissed her back.
    Two (7% in)
  • Sethe understood it then, but now with a paying job and an employer who was kind enough to hire an ex-convict, she despised herself for the pride that made pilfering better than standing in line at the window of the general store with all the other Negroes.
    Two (35% in)
  • She believed in her heart that, except for her husband, the whole world (including her children) despised her and her hair.
    Three (26% in)

There are no more uses of "despise" in Beloved.

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