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despise (one) 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Fast forward to 2004 and we're back in The Land, where Avery faces a new battle with Lord Foul, the Despiser, not only to save the once beautiful world into which she is hurled but also to rescue her adopted autistic savant son.
When Leigh Hunt described the heir to the throne as "a libertine head over heels in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demi-reps" (i.e., women of doubtful reputation), he found himself paying a fine of 500 [pounds sterling] for the privilege and spending two years in prison for libel (Cawthorne 109).
If sometimes the city requires a subsidy, shall we run to indigent day laborers or some despiser of wealth, or instead to the rich, that is, to the avaricious?
As Francis Espinasse, admirer of Carlyle and despiser of Panizzi, tartly remarked, 'the fat pedant and Italian language-master proved more than a match for the Scottish man of genius'.
condemned him into exile, not as a despiser of religion but as a seditious person and a raiser up of dissension among the people." The passage continues:
Rushdie, excoriated as a despiser of the Koran and the religion of Islam, is shown to be a devout Muslim.
In fact, it is the religious skeptic, the cultured despiser, the "rationalist," (or the "denier" as James calls him) who is intellectually dishonest.
Without the comma, the translation would read `became a despiser of the god of Israel ([GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII])', instead of `became a despiser of the offspring of God, Israel'.
He's also tackled some overtly political topics as well as his more typical politics of the heart - one of hi s ambitions ns i s t o be rock's Milan Kundera (despite Kundera's being an energetic despiser of rock music and kitschy radicalism).
Thus that penetrating despiser of opinion and hater of the good, Iago, came out, in Bloom's reading, smelling more like a rose than frail Desdemona.
It is a book designed for the liberal churchgoer or cultured despiser of Christianity rather than for scholars or the pious, but Taylor does show that an interesting and critical line can be held without recourse to footnotes and references.
And that core has managed, to the disbelief of its despisers, to survive without a single established language or religion, and in the full glare of telegraphs, telephones, newspapers, and, most recently, the internet.
Faith belongs to the Black Nazarene devotees in a way that those cultured despisers could only obscurely imagine.
Against the cultured theological despisers of human rights, this article seeks to clarify, via three theses, why Christians should continue to accept the binding force of those rights: