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contemn

[ kuhn-tem ]
/ kənˈtɛm /
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM contemn

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH contemn

condemn, contemn
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British Dictionary definitions for contemn

contemn
/ (kənˈtɛm) /

verb

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

Derived forms of contemn

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

Word Origin for contemn

C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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