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contemn

[kuhn-tem]
verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formscon·temn·er [kuhn-tem-er, -tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm ər, -ˈtɛm nər/, con·tem·nor [kuhn-tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm nər/, nouncon·tem·ni·ble [kuhn-tem-nuh-buhl] /kənˈtɛm nə bəl/, adjectivecon·tem·ni·bly, adverbcon·temn·ing·ly, adverbpre·con·temn, verb (used with object)un·con·temned, adjectiveun·con·temn·ing, adjectiveun·con·temn·ing·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcondemn contemn

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Related Words

scornhatedisdain

Examples from the Web for contemned

Historical Examples

  • Despised and contemned as they may be, I believe they cannot be gainsaid.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • In these sentiments I grew, hated and abhorring, despising and contemned.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • Henry worshipped him, and the more Tom was contemned the more Henry worshipped.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Here is told of Beowulf, and how he was contemned in his youth, and is now grown so renowned.

  • Topsy was at first despised and contemned by the upper servants.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe


British Dictionary definitions for contemned

contemn

verb
  1. (tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
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Derived Formscontemner (kənˈtɛmnə, -ˈtɛmə), nouncontemnible (kənˈtɛmnɪbəl), adjectivecontemnibly, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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Word Origin and History for contemned

contemn

v.

mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).

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