- to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.
Origin of contemn
Synonyms for contemn
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- (tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
Word Origin for contemn
C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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mid-15c., from Old French contemner (15c.), from Latin contemnere "to despise, scorn" (see contempt).
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