- to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.
Origin of contemn
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scorn, disdain, despise.
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Examples from the Web for contemn
Perhaps this may appear to you to be only an old wife's tale, which you will contemn.Gorgias
So it is with women: you should not contemn women because they rouse a devil in man.The Soul of a People
I contemn the world when I think on it, and myself when I translate it.Discourses on Satire and on Epic Poetry
A religion,” said I, “in which you yourself do not believe, and which you contemn.The Romany Rye
There was, in truth, danger lest the Rhodians should contemn the Romans!The History of Rome, Books 37 to the End
- (tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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Word Origin and History for contemn
mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).
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