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


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