vilipend

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verb vil·i·pend \ˈvi-lə-ˌpend\

Definition of vilipend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hold or treat as of little worth or account :  contemn

  3. 2 :  to express a low opinion of :  disparage

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Examples of vilipend in a Sentence

  1. 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

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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