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Examples of vilipend in a Sentence
one of those elitists who regularly vilipends popular culture
Did You Know?
Vilipend first appeared in English in the 15th century and comes to us through French from the Latin roots vilis, meaning "cheap" or "vile," plus pendere, meaning "to weigh" or "to estimate." These roots work in tandem to form a meaning of "to deem to be of little worth." Both of those roots have weighed in heavily as a source of common English words. Other "vilis" offspring include "vile" and "vilify," while "pendere" has spawned such terms as "append," "expend," and "dispense."
Origin and Etymology of vilipend
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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