follow Dictionary.com

Word of the Day
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Definitions for contemn

  1. To regard or treat with disdain or contempt; to scorn; to despise.

Learn something
new every day


GET OUR


Thank youfor signing up
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for contemn
Nor, despite his seeming Jansenist severity, would Pascal contemn such pleasures. Even he, the least therapeutic writer imaginable, admits that diversions can help to heal the beset soul. Edward T. Oakes, First Things
The spectrum of difference exhibited at these shows suggests varying relationships with the West: some artists identify with or at least acknowledge the Western tradition, some contemn it. Thomas McEvilley, ArtForum
Origin of contemn
late Middle English
1375-1425
Contemn is derived from Latin contemnere, from com-, intensive prefix + temnere, "to despise."