- to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.
Origin of contemn
Synonyms for contemn
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Historical Examples of contemners
The fact may have conciliated some of our own contemners of "good form."A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
And was it not on the contemners of the gods that their heaviest punishments fell?The Emperor, Complete
We are not contemners of marriage, nor neglecters of home and offspring.Julia Ward Howe
Laura E. Richards
They were Makin people, I believe, probably staunch heathens, contemners of the missionary and his works.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
Penalties and sums of money must be enjoined, and then without pardon taken from the contemners.
- (tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
Word Origin for contemn
mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).