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tr.v. con·temned, con·temn·ing, con·temns
To view with contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise.
[Middle English contempnen, to slight, from Latin contemnere : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + temnere, to despise.]
con·temn′er (-tĕm′ər, -tĕm′nər) n.
(tr) formal to treat or regard with contempt; scorn
[C15: from Latin contemnere, from temnere to slight]
contemner, contemnor n
to treat or regard with contempt.
[1375–1425; late Middle English contempnen (< Middle French) < Latin contemnere to despise, scorn =con- con- + temnere to slight; compare contempt]
con•temn′er (-ˈtɛm ər, -ˈtɛm nər) con•tem′nor (-nər) n.
Past participle: contemned
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|Verb||1.||contemn - look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"|
detest, hate - dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards; "I hate Mexican food"; "She detests politicians"
look down on - regard with contempt; "the new neighbor looks down on us because our house is very modest"