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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
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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

    George Saintsbury

  • And was it not on the contemners of the gods that their heaviest punishments fell?

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for contemners

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 for contemn

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

contemn

v.

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

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