vil·​i·​pend | \ ˈvi-lə-ˌpend How to pronounce vilipend (audio) \
vilipended; vilipending; vilipends

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

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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."

Examples of vilipend in a Sentence

one of those elitists who regularly vilipends popular culture

First Known Use of vilipend

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vilipend

Middle English, from Middle French vilipender, from Medieval Latin vilipendere, from Latin vilis + pendere to weigh, estimate

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“Vilipend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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