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despise (someone) for (something)

To hate one for a particular reason. Don't even mention Tiffany's name to me—I despise her for starting that rumor about me last year.
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despise someone for something

to hate someone for something or for doing something. I just despise him for running away! She despised herself for her dishonest actions.
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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.
He had omitted nothing that could make his wife despise him.
said the young girl, without raising her eyes, "do not despise me, monseigneur Phoebus.
If you only knew how heartily I despise myself for loving you
With his air of looking down on the highest, and confidentially inviting you to be of his company in the seat of the scorner he is irresistible; his very confession that he is a snob, too, is balm and solace to the reader who secretly admires the splendors he affects to despise.
But, after all, he is of the world, worldly, and the highest hope he holds out is that you may be in the world and despise its ambitions while you compass its ends.
Roy despises me -- and you despise me -- and I despise myself.
He's an ignorant, common fellow, and for my part I despise him.
He belonged to that natural, humorous school who took for their motto in the seventeenth century the aphorism uttered by one of their number in 1653, -- "To despise flowers is to offend God.
Therefore, he who despises the tulip offends God beyond measure.
To this the Crow replied, "I despise the weak and yield to the strong.
The Countess Nordston and Levin got into that relation with one another not seldom seen in society, when two persons, who remain externally on friendly terms, despise each other to such a degree that they cannot even take each other seriously, and cannot even be offended by each other.
Konstantin Dmitrievitch despises and hates town and us townspeople," said Countess Nordston.
But as much as I despise Evans, despise lynch mobs more.
Those are the foundations on which the civilised West was built - and the values that the bloodthirsty fanatics of Islam's wild fringe despise for they threaten their backward, domineering world-view.