vilipend


vil·i·pend

verb \ˈvi-lə-ˌpend\

Definition of VILIPEND

transitive verb
1
:  to hold or treat as of little worth or account :  contemn
2
:  to express a low opinion of :  disparage

Examples of VILIPEND

  1. <one of those elitists who regularly vilipends popular culture>

Origin of VILIPEND

Middle English, from Middle French vilipender, from Medieval Latin vilipendere, from Latin vilis + pendere to weigh, estimate
First Known Use: 15th century

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