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contemn

[kuh n-tem]
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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 [kuh n-tem-er, -tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm ər, -ˈtɛm nər/, con·tem·nor [kuh n-tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm nər/, nouncon·tem·ni·ble [kuh n-tem-nuh-buh l] /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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scorn, disdain, despise.
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Examples from the Web for contemning

Historical Examples

  • We should aim at celestial honour, and not regard the contemning of men.

    Selections from the Table Talk of Martin Luther

    Martin Luther

  • They glory in despising the laws and contemning royal authority.

  • Besides that, I glory in contemning a man who had thoughts to my dishonour.

  • I counsel you to free yourself of clogging temptations, by overcoming some, and contemning others, and watching over all.

  • So, says Paul, praising the effort and contemning the prize, ‘They do it to obtain a corruptible crown.’


British Dictionary definitions for contemning

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

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

contemn

v.

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

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