Contemn

  • 1Contemn — Con*temn (k[o^]n*t[e^]m ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contemned} ( t[e^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemning} ( t[e^]m n[i^]ng or t[e^]m [i^]ng).] [L. contemnere, temptum; con + temnere to slight, despise: cf. OF. contemner.] To view or treat with contempt …

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  • 2contemn — I verb abhor, abominate, accuse, asperse, be contemptuous of, belittle, besmirch, calumniate, cast aspersions, censure, criticize, debase, debauch, decry, defile, denigrate, denounce, depreciate, deride, derogate, desecrate, despise, detest,… …

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  • 3contemn — mid 15c., from O.Fr. contemner (15c.), from L. contemnere to despise, scorn (see CONTEMPT (Cf. contempt)) …

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  • 4contemn — *despise, disdain, scorn, scout Analogous words: repudiate, reject (see DECLINE): slight, *neglect, disregard: flout, *scoff, jeer Contrasted words: venerate, *revere, reverence: respect, esteem, admire, regard (see under REG …

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  • 5contemn — [kən tem′] vt. [ME contempnen < OFr contemner < L contemnere < com , intens. + temnere, to scorn] Chiefly Literary to treat or think of with contempt; scorn SYN. DESPISE contemner n. contemnor [kəntem′ər, kəntem′nər] …

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  • 6contemn — See condemn. See condemn, contemn …

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  • 7contemn — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English contempnen, from Middle French contempner, from Latin contemnere, from com + temnere to despise Date: 15th century to view or treat with contempt ; scorn Synonyms: see despise • contemner also contemnor …

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  • 8contemn — contemner /keuhn tem euhr, tem neuhr/, contemnor /keuhn tem neuhr/, n. contemnible /keuhn tem neuh beuhl/, adj. contemnibly, adv. contemningly, adv. /keuhn tem /, v.t. to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt. [1375 1425; late ME… …

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  • 9contemn — verb /kənˈtɛm/ To treat or regard with contempt. Syn: despise, scorn See Also: contemner, contempt, contemptibility, contemptible, contemptibly, contemptuous …

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  • 10contemn — Synonyms and related words: abhor, abjure, be above, be contemptuous of, brush aside, care nothing for, chuck, chuck out, contradict, decline, deny, deride, despise, disapprove, discard, disclaim, discount, disdain, dismiss, disown, disparage,… …

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  • 11contemn — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. despise, scorn, disdain; see despise , hate 1 . See Synonym Study at despise . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To regard with utter contempt and disdain: despise, disdain, scorn, scout2. Idioms: have no use for, look down on …

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  • 12contemn — con·temn || kÉ™n tem v. despise, treat with contempt …

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  • 13contemn — [kən tɛm] verb archaic treat or regard with contempt. Derivatives contemner tɛmə, tɛmnə noun Origin ME: from L. contemnere, from con (expressing intensive force) + temnere despise …

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  • 14contemn — v. a. Despise, disdain, scorn, scout, spurn, slight, hold in contempt, look down upon, turn a cold shoulder upon, turn up one s nose at, snap one s fingers at, laugh to scorn, point the finger of scorn at …

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  • 15contemn — v 1. disdain, scorn, despise, misprize, show contempt for, view with contempt, hold in contempt, snap one s fingers at, turn up one s nose at, spurn, slight, snub, shun. 2. deprecate, vituperate, disparage, reproach, censure, decry, condemn,… …

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  • 16contemn — con·temn …

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  • 17contemn — con•temn [[t]kənˈtɛm[/t]] v. t. to treat or regard with contempt • Etymology: 1375–1425; late ME contempnen (< MF) < L contemnere to despise, scorn =con con +temnere to slight; cf. contempt con•temn′er ˈtɛm ər, ˈtɛm nər con•tem′nor nər n …

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  • 18contemn — /kənˈtɛm/ (say kuhn tem) verb (t) Archaic to treat disdainfully or scornfully; view with contempt. {Latin contemnere despise} –contemner, contemnor /kənˈtɛmnə/ (say kuhn temnuh), /kənˈtɛmə/ (say kuhn temuh), noun …

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  • 19contemn —   v.t. treat with contempt; scorn.    ♦ contemner,    ♦ contemnor, n …

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  • 20contemn — v.tr. literary despise; treat with disregard. Derivatives: contemner n. Etymology: ME f. OF contemner or L contemnere (as com , temnere tempt despise) …

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