- 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 contemning
We should aim at celestial honour, and not regard the contemning of men.Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther
They glory in despising the laws and contemning royal authority.The Man Who Laughs
Besides that, I glory in contemning a man who had thoughts to my dishonour.The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899
George A. Aitken
I counsel you to free yourself of clogging temptations, by overcoming some, and contemning others, and watching over all.Letters of Samuel Rutherford
So, says Paul, praising the effort and contemning the prize, ‘They do it to obtain a corruptible crown.’
- (tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
Word Origin and History for contemning
mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper