What is the difference between "despise" and "hate"?

By Mr.Joseph from Singapore(28th Nov.2006).

When you "hate" someone, you dislike the person intensely.

Here are a few examples.

I hate all politicians.

There was a time when Mary hated her Principal.

When she was young, Billary hated her sister.

"Despise" is a stronger word than "hate". When you say that you despise someone, it implies that you "hate" that person, but it also carries with it the sense that you have contempt for him/her. In other words, when you hate someone, you dislike the individual intensely, but when you "despise" him, you not only dislike him, but you also look down on him. So, when you despise someone, you consider him being beneath you; you may think that the individual is worthless. The word "hate" does not carry with it this negative connotation. You can hate someone who is superior to you.

Here are a few examples.

Nandita despises her new boss.

I am told that Tara despises the company I work for.

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