- 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 contemned
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
Here is told of Beowulf, and how he was contemned in his youth, and is now grown so renowned.The Tale of Beowulf
Topsy was at first despised and contemned by the upper servants.Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
- (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 contemned
mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).
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