verb con·temn \kən-ˈtem\

Definition of CONTEMN

transitive verb
:  to view or treat with contempt :  scorn
con·tem·ner also con·tem·nor \-ˈtem-nər, -ˈte-mər\ noun

Examples of CONTEMN

  1. <arrogant critics who contemn the general public's taste in art>

Origin of CONTEMN

Middle English contempnen, from Middle French contempner, from Latin contemnere, from com- + temnere to despise
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of CONTEMN

despise, contemn, scorn, disdain mean to regard as unworthy of one's notice or consideration. despise may suggest an emotional response ranging from strong dislike to loathing <despises cowards>. contemn implies a vehement condemnation of a person or thing as low, vile, feeble, or ignominious <contemns the image of women promoted by advertisers>. scorn implies a ready or indignant contempt <scorns the very thought of retirement>. disdain implies an arrogant or supercilious aversion to what is regarded as unworthy <disdained popular music>.


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