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vilipend

[vil-uh-pend]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to regard or treat as of little value or account.
  2. to vilify; depreciate.
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Origin of vilipend

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlipendere, equivalent to Latin vīli(s) cheap (see vile) + pendere to consider (see pensive)
Related formsvil·i·pend·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for vilipend

Historical Examples

  • "You are not to vilipend my counsel," said he one day to a foreign envoy.

    The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I.

    John Lothrop Motley


British Dictionary definitions for vilipend

vilipend

verb (tr) rare
  1. to treat or regard with contempt
  2. to speak slanderously or slightingly of
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Derived Formsvilipender, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin vīlipendere, from Latin vīlis worthless + pendere to esteem
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