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From dē- +‎ speciō.



dēspiciō (present infinitive dēspicere, perfect active dēspexī, supine dēspectum); third conjugation iō-variant

  1. I look down upon
  2. I disdain or despise


   Conjugation of despicio (third conjugation -variant)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēspiciō dēspicis dēspicit dēspicimus dēspicitis dēspiciunt
imperfect dēspiciēbam dēspiciēbās dēspiciēbat dēspiciēbāmus dēspiciēbātis dēspiciēbant
future dēspiciam dēspiciēs dēspiciet dēspiciēmus dēspiciētis dēspicient
perfect dēspexī dēspexistī dēspexit dēspeximus dēspexistis dēspexērunt, dēspexēre
pluperfect dēspexeram dēspexerās dēspexerat dēspexerāmus dēspexerātis dēspexerant
future perfect dēspexerō dēspexeris dēspexerit dēspexerimus dēspexeritis dēspexerint
passive present dēspicior dēspiceris, dēspicere dēspicitur dēspicimur dēspiciminī dēspiciuntur
imperfect dēspiciēbar dēspiciēbāris, dēspiciēbāre dēspiciēbātur dēspiciēbāmur dēspiciēbāminī dēspiciēbantur
future dēspiciar dēspiciēris, dēspiciēre dēspiciētur dēspiciēmur dēspiciēminī dēspicientur
perfect dēspectus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect dēspectus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect dēspectus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēspiciam dēspiciās dēspiciat dēspiciāmus dēspiciātis dēspiciant
imperfect dēspicerem dēspicerēs dēspiceret dēspicerēmus dēspicerētis dēspicerent
perfect dēspexerim dēspexerīs dēspexerit dēspexerīmus dēspexerītis dēspexerint
pluperfect dēspexissem dēspexissēs dēspexisset dēspexissēmus dēspexissētis dēspexissent
passive present dēspiciar dēspiciāris, dēspiciāre dēspiciātur dēspiciāmur dēspiciāminī dēspiciantur
imperfect dēspicerer dēspicerēris, dēspicerēre dēspicerētur dēspicerēmur dēspicerēminī dēspicerentur
perfect dēspectus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect dēspectus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dēspice dēspicite
future dēspicitō dēspicitō dēspicitōte dēspiciuntō
passive present dēspicere dēspiciminī
future dēspicitor dēspicitor dēspiciuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dēspicere dēspexisse dēspectūrus esse dēspicī dēspectus esse dēspectum īrī
participles dēspiciēns dēspectūrus dēspectus dēspiciendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
dēspicere dēspiciendī dēspiciendō dēspiciendum dēspectum dēspectū

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  • despicio in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • despicio in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • despicio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to despise earthly things: res externas or humanas despicere