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contemn

[kuh n-tem] /kənˈtɛm/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English contempnen (< Middle French) < Latin contemnere to despise, scorn, equivalent to con- con- + temnere to slight; see contempt
Related forms
contemner
[kuh n-tem-er, -tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm ər, -ˈtɛm nər/ (Show IPA),
contemnor
[kuh n-tem-ner] /kənˈtɛm nər/ (Show IPA),
noun
contemnible
[kuh n-tem-nuh-buh l] /kənˈtɛm nə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
contemnibly, adverb
contemningly, adverb
precontemn, verb (used with object)
uncontemned, adjective
uncontemning, adjective
uncontemningly, adverb
Can be confused
condemn, contemn.
Synonyms
scorn, disdain, despise.
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British Dictionary definitions for contemned

contemn

/kənˈtɛm/
verb
1.
(transitive) (formal) to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
Derived Forms
contemner (kənˈtɛmnə; -ˈtɛmə) noun
contemnible (kənˈtɛmnɪbəl) adjective
contemnibly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight
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Word Origin and History for contemned

contemn

v.

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

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