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vilipend

[vil-uh-pend] /ˈvɪl əˌpɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to regard or treat as of little value or account.
2.
to vilify; depreciate.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlipendere, equivalent to Latin vīli(s) cheap (see vile) + pendere to consider (see pensive)
Related forms
vilipender, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for vilipender

vilipend

/ˈvɪlɪˌpɛnd/
verb (transitive) (rare)
1.
to treat or regard with contempt
2.
to speak slanderously or slightingly of
Derived Forms
vilipender, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin vīlipendere, from Latin vīlis worthless + pendere to esteem
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