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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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'As far as the English are concerned, I have decided to adopt the same attitude as them: I despise them as much as they despise everybody else!
It's the Old Firm derby of speedway and they despise us as well.
From the start, Drizzt doesn't fit in: he is a competent swordsman, but despises the ruthlessness and senseless violence of Drow society.
My wife now despises me and we keep having arguments, which ends with us both in tears.
You say your wife despises you and that's a terrible thing to feel.
When Sam finally meets Melissa's friends he finds they are all that he despises in preppy snobbery and artifice, and this brings to a head the couple's dilemma.
Tura hates humans in general, and she despises the Utsumi clan, the fishermen who killed and processed her mother.
Tessa despises him and hates her life as his stepdaughter, so much so that she spins out of control emotionally.
Jess, meanwhile, despises the in-crowd and sees prejudice and meanness wherever she looks.
A young Native American man, Salamander, is more attuned to the spiritual world of his people than the politics that drive the various clans of the "Sun People." Nevertheless, he becomes heir to a leadership role he clearly despises. He is determined to follow the guides of his spirit world who mirror his own heart, rather than advance the status of his clan.
A 15-year-old Filippino, he lives in Sydney, Australia and despises everything adults stand for.
However, Kathleen's Aunt Claire, although wealthy in her own right, is married to a man who despises the Suffragettes and demands obedience to the extent that the family is breaking apart.
``As far as the English are concerned, I have decided to adopt the same attitude as them - I despise them as much as they despise everybody else.