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Origin of vilipend

1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlipendere, equivalent to Latin vīli(s) cheap (see vile) + pendere to consider (see pensive)
Related formsvil·i·pend·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr) rare
  1. to treat or regard with contempt
  2. to speak slanderously or slightingly of
Derived Formsvilipender, noun

Word Origin for vilipend

C15: from Late Latin vīlipendere, from Latin vīlis worthless + pendere to esteem
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