Definition of Contemn

1. Verb. Look down on with disdain. "Sam cannot contemn Sue "; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"

Exact synonyms: Despise, Disdain, Scorn
Generic synonyms: Detest, Hate
Specialized synonyms: Look Down On
Derivative terms: Despisal, Despising, Disdain, Scorn, Scorn, Scorner



Definition of Contemn

1. v. t. To view or treat with contempt, as mean and despicable; to reject with disdain; to despise; to scorn.

Definition of Contemn

1. Verb. To disdain; to value at little or nothing; to treat or regard with contempt. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Contemn

1. to scorn [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: scorn

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Contemn

contaminate
contaminated
contaminates
contaminating
contamination
contaminations
contaminative
contaminator
contaminators
contango
contangos
contd
conte
conteck
contecks
contemn (current term)
contemn'd
contemned
contemner
contemners
contemnest
contemneth
contemning
contemningly
contemnor
contemnors
contemns
contemper
contemperature
contempered

Literary usage of Contemn

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1. The anatomy of melancholy, by Democritus iunior by Robert Burton (1838)
"... away al occasions from others to jest at, or contemn. Ml they may perceive thee to be careless of it. Vatinius was wont to srt at his own deformed feet, ..."

2. A Selection of English Synonyms by Elizabeth Jane Whately, Richard Whately (1860)
"To contemn' is less commonly used than its conjugate noun, contempt. ... To contemn' is rather different in ita meaning, both from ' to despise' and also ..."

3. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1853)
"For though I do contemn report myself As amere sound, I still will be so tender Of what concerns ... Then for revenge, by great souls it was ever contemn'd, ..."

4. Prayers of the Ages by Caroline Snowden Guild (1868)
"/contemn riches, and thou shalt be rich; con- ^-' temn glory, and thou shalt be glorious; contemn injuries, and thou shalt be a conqueror; contemn rest, ..."

5. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone (1876)
"... in falling at last a sacrifice to those laws, which long impunity has taught him to contemn. CHAPTER II. OF THE PERSONS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING CRIMES. ..."

6. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptoms by Robert Burton (1862)
"... humour of them all, to contemn death, to wish for death, to confront death in this case, Quippe queis nee fera, nee ignis, ..."

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