vilipend
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French vilipender, from Medieval Latin vilipendere, from Latin vilis + pendere to weigh, estimate Date: 15th century 1. to hold or treat as of little worth or account ; contemn 2. to express a low opinion of ; disparage

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  • Vilipend — Vil i*pend, v. t. [L. vilipendere; vilis vile + pendere to weigh, to value: cf. F. vilipender.] To value lightly; to depreciate; to slight; to despise. [1913 Webster] To vilipend the art of portrait painting. Longfellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vilipend — index blame, brand (stigmatize), censure, contemn, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce ( …   Law dictionary

  • vilipend — [vil′ə pend΄] vt. [ME vilipenden < MFr vilipender < L vilipendere < vilis,VILE + pendere, to weigh: see PEND] Archaic 1. to treat or regard contemptuously or slightingly; belittle 2. to vilify; revile …   English World dictionary

  • vilipend — vilipender, n. /vil euh pend /, v.t. 1. to regard or treat as of little value or account. 2. to vilify; depreciate. [1425 75; late ME < LL vilipendere, equiv. to L vili(s) cheap (see VILE) + pendere to consider (see PENSIVE)] * * * …   Universalium

  • vilipend — verb a) To despise b) To disparage See Also: vilipendency …   Wiktionary

  • vilipend — v. contemn, treat with contempt; despise; disparage, slight …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vilipend — vil·i·pend …   English syllables

  • vilipend — vil•i•pend [[t]ˈvɪl əˌpɛnd[/t]] v. t. 1) to regard or treat as of little value or account 2) to vilify; depreciate • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < LL vīlipendere= L vīli(s) cheap (see vile) +pendere to consider …   From formal English to slang

  • vilipend — To verbally belittle someone …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • vilipend — /ˈvɪləpɛnd/ (say viluhpend) verb (t) 1. to regard or treat as of little value or account. 2. to vilify. {late Middle English, from Latin vīlipendere, from vīli(s) vile + pendere consider} –vilipender, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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