contemn

[ kuhn-tem ]
/ kənˈtɛm /
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verb (used with object)

to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.

Nearby words

  1. contamination,
  2. contango,
  3. contd,
  4. contd.,
  5. conte,
  6. contemner,
  7. contemnible,
  8. contemp.,
  9. contemplable,
  10. contemplate

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

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contemn

/ (kənˈtɛm) /

verb

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