contemn

[ kuhn-tem ]
/ kənˈtɛm /

verb (used with object)

to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.

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Origin of contemn

1375–1425; late Middle English contempnen (< Middle French) < Latin contemnere to despise, scorn, equivalent to con- con- + temnere to slight; see contempt

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Can be confused

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contemn

/ (kənˈtɛm) /

verb

(tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn

Derived Forms

contemner (kənˈtɛmnə, -ˈtɛmə), nouncontemnible (kənˈtɛmnɪbəl), adjectivecontemnibly, adverb

Word Origin for contemn

C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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