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Treat or regard with contempt.
despise, scorn, treat with contempt, feel contempt for, look down on, disdain, slight, undervalue, disregard, deride, jeer at, scoff at, mock, revile, spurnView synonyms
- ‘Who is more contemned than he who clings stubbornly to old moral insights?’
- ‘We dread both to be contemptible and to be contemned.’
- ‘And viciously contemning the Church more often than not entails a disdainful sidelong glance at the benighted faithful who persist in allegiance to her.’
- ‘When he balks, she reminds him that ‘No Lover should his Mistriss Pray'rs withstand: / Yet you contemn my absolute Command ’.’
- ‘While it may be that a person's contemning an order made in the main action would be strong evidence of deliberate frustration, it does not automatically follow that it is.’
Late Middle English: from Latin contemnere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + temnere despise.
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