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Meaning of CONTEMN

Pronunciation:  kun'tem

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

CONTEMN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: despise, disdain, scorn
 See Also: detest, hate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.
To view or treat with contempt, as mean and despicable; to
reject with disdain; to despise; to scorn.

      Thy pompous delicacies I contemn.        --Milton.

      One who contemned divine and human laws. --Dryden.

Syn: To despise; scorn; disdain; spurn; slight; neglect;
     underrate; overlook.

Usage: To {Contemn}, {Despise}, {Scorn}, {Disdain}. Contemn
       is the generic term, and is applied especially to
       objects, qualities, etc., which are deemed
       contemptible, and but rarely to individuals; to
       despise is to regard or treat as mean, unbecoming, or
       worthless; to scorn is stronger, expressing a quick,
       indignant contempt; disdain is still stronger,
       denoting either unwarrantable pride and haughtiness or
       an abhorrence of what is base.

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