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despise
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

25 uses
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Definition
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
  • The material distinctions of rank and wealth he increasingly despised.
    3 — The Rally (31% in)
  • She had dreaded him, winced before him, succumbed to adroit advantages he took of her helplessness; then, temporarily blinded by his ardent manners, had been stirred to confused surrender awhile: had suddenly despised and disliked him, and had run away.
    2 — Maiden No More (28% in)
  • Yet in the interval since Crick's last view of them something had occurred which changed the pivot of the universe for their two natures; something which, had he known its quality, the dairyman would have despised, as a practical man; yet which was based upon a more stubborn and resistless tendency than a whole heap of so-called practicalities.
    3 — The Rally (**% in)
  • He despised the Canons and Rubric, swore by the Articles, and deemed himself consistent through the whole category—which in a way he might have been.
    4 — The Consequence (7% in)
  • They were not aware that, at these words, salt, stinging tears trickled down upon Tess's pillow anew, and how she resolved, with a bursting heart, to tell all her history to Angel Clare, despite her mother's command—to let him for whom she lived and breathed despise her if he would, and her mother regard her as a fool, rather then preserve a silence which might be deemed a treachery to him, and which somehow seemed a wrong to these.
    4 — The Consequence (64% in)
  • Heaven, why did you give me a handle for despising you more by informing me of your descent!
    5 — The Woman Pays (7% in)
  • Moreover, his affection itself was less fire than radiance, and, with regard to the other sex, when he ceased to believe he ceased to follow: contrasting in this with many impressionable natures, who remain sensuously infatuated with what they intellectually despise.
    5 — The Woman Pays (18% in)
  • "I cannot" he said, "without despising myself, and what is worse, perhaps, despising you.
    5 — The Woman Pays (20% in)
  • "I cannot" he said, "without despising myself, and what is worse, perhaps, despising you.
    5 — The Woman Pays (20% in)
  • At present, whatever I feel, I do not despise you.
    5 — The Woman Pays (20% in)
  • They probably despised her already; how much more they would despise her in the character of a mendicant!
    5 — The Woman Pays (60% in)
  • They probably despised her already; how much more they would despise her in the character of a mendicant!
    5 — The Woman Pays (60% in)
  • But there was no need for caution; not a soul was at hand, and Tess went onward with fortitude, her recollection of the birds' silent endurance of their night of agony impressing upon her the relativity of sorrows and the tolerable nature of her own, if she could once rise high enough to despise opinion.
    5 — The Woman Pays (68% in)
  • It would have lifted her completely out of subjection, not only to her present oppressive employer, but to a whole world who seemed to despise her.
    6 — The Convert (23% in)
  • I have arranged to preach, and I shall not be there—by reason of my burning desire to see a woman whom I once despised!
    6 — The Convert (29% in)
  • —No, by my word and truth, I never despised you; if I had I should not love you now!
    6 — The Convert (29% in)
  • Why I did not despise you was on account of your being unsmirched in spite of all; you withdrew yourself from me so quickly and resolutely when you saw the situation; you did not remain at my pleasure; so there was one petticoat in the world for whom I had no contempt, and you are she.
    6 — The Convert (29% in)
  • But you may well despise me now!
    6 — The Convert (29% in)
  • She had gathered from Angel sufficient of the incredulity of modern thought to despise flash enthusiasm; but, as a woman, she was somewhat appalled.
    6 — The Convert (39% in)
  • The historic interest of her family—that masterful line of d'Urbervilles—whom he had despised as a spent force, touched his sentiments now.
    6 — The Convert (62% in)
  • I would rather be dead and buried when the time comes for you to despise me, so that it may never be known to me that you despised me.
    7 — Fulfilment (75% in)
  • I would rather be dead and buried when the time comes for you to despise me, so that it may never be known to me that you despised me.
    7 — Fulfilment (75% in)
  • I cannot ever despise you.
    7 — Fulfilment (75% in)
  • But considering what my life has been, I cannot see why any man should, sooner or later, be able to help despising me....
    7 — Fulfilment (75% in)
  • I have had enough; and now I shall not live for you to despise me!
    7 — Fulfilment (94% in)

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