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    What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Is it same as the word "despiseth"? Only this word appears on online dictionaries. I can't really understand the word "despiseth" too, though. The dictionaries keep me looping between words like disdain and contemn as they reference themselves to each other, but I understand neither of those words.

    I've seen the word "dispiseth" from Wyatt's poem "Behold, love, thy power how she dispiseth!"

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    Re: What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by William Yeung View Post
    Is it same as the word "despiseth"? Only this word appears on online dictionaries. I can't really understand the word "despiseth" too, though. The dictionaries keep me looping between words like disdain and contemn as they reference themselves to each other, but I understand neither of those words.

    I've seen the word "dispiseth" from Wyatt's poem "Behold, love, thy power how she dispiseth!"
    The word "despiseth" is the old poetical form of "despises". Look up "despise".
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 30-Jan-2014 at 12:03. Reason: typo

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    Re: What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The word "despitheth" is the old poetical form of "despises". Look up "despise".
    Apparently so is 'dispiseth', which the OP asks about.
    Here's another example: "Whoso dispiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded." Proverbs 13:13 KJV

    Early Modern English (Shakespearean) has these endings:
    I look, despise, do
    Thou lookest, despisest, dost
    He, she it looketh, despiseth, doth
    We/You/They look, despise, do.
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    Re: What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Apparently so is 'dispiseth', which the OP asks about.
    Here's another example: "Whoso dispiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded." Proverbs 13:13 KJV
    May I ask how to pronounce the word dispiseth and despitheth?

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    Re: What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by William Yeung View Post
    May I ask how to pronounce the word dispiseth and despitheth?
    Despise + əth. Pronounce the main verb in its usual way and add 'əth, əst' as necessary.
    There are a few variants, eg 'dost/doth' instead of 'doest, doeth'.

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    Re: What does the word "dispiseth"mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Apparently so is 'dispiseth', which the OP asks about.
    Here's another example: "Whoso dispiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded." Proverbs 13:13 KJV

    Early Modern English (Shakespearean) has these endings:
    I look, despise, do
    Thou lookest, despisest, dost
    He, she it looketh, despiseth, doth
    We/You/They look, despise, do.
    Are we sure that the "dis-" form is not a typo? I have Googled it and Google doesn't like it. When I search for your Proverbs passage, I get 8 hits with the "dis-" form and 300,000 with the "des-" form.

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