I verb abhor, abominate, accuse, asperse, be contemptuous of, belittle, besmirch, calumniate, cast aspersions, censure, criticize, debase, debauch, decry, defile, denigrate, denounce, depreciate, deride, derogate, desecrate, despise, detest, disapprove, discredit, disdain, disesteem, dishonor, disparage, disprize, disrate, disregard, disrespect, execrate, expose, exprobate, feel contempt for, flout, hold in contempt, hold in despite, inveigh against, loathe, malign, misprize, not respect, objurgate, oppress, overlook, rebuff, reject, reproach, repudiate, repulse, resent, revile, ridicule, scandalize, scoff at, scorn, slight, slur, smear, spurn, taint, vilify, vilipend, vituperate II index condescend (patronize), decry, denounce (condemn), depreciate, discommend, disdain, dishonor (deprive of honor), disparage, flout, humiliate, misprize, spurn

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  • Contemn — Con*temn (k[o^]n*t[e^]m ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contemned} ( t[e^]md); p. pr. & vb. n. {Contemning} ( t[e^]m n[i^]ng or t[e^]m [i^]ng).] [L. contemnere, temptum; con + temnere to slight, despise: cf. OF. contemner.] To view or treat with contempt …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • contemn — mid 15c., from O.Fr. contemner (15c.), from L. contemnere to despise, scorn (see CONTEMPT (Cf. contempt)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • contemn — *despise, disdain, scorn, scout Analogous words: repudiate, reject (see DECLINE): slight, *neglect, disregard: flout, *scoff, jeer Contrasted words: venerate, *revere, reverence: respect, esteem, admire, regard (see under REG …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • contemn — [kən tem′] vt. [ME contempnen < OFr contemner < L contemnere < com , intens. + temnere, to scorn] Chiefly Literary to treat or think of with contempt; scorn SYN. DESPISE contemner n. contemnor [kəntem′ər, kəntem′nər] …   English World dictionary

  • contemn — See condemn. See condemn, contemn …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • contemn — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English contempnen, from Middle French contempner, from Latin contemnere, from com + temnere to despise Date: 15th century to view or treat with contempt ; scorn Synonyms: see despise • contemner also contemnor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • contemn — contemner /keuhn tem euhr, tem neuhr/, contemnor /keuhn tem neuhr/, n. contemnible /keuhn tem neuh beuhl/, adj. contemnibly, adv. contemningly, adv. /keuhn tem /, v.t. to treat or regard with disdain, scorn, or contempt. [1375 1425; late ME… …   Universalium

  • contemn — verb /kənˈtɛm/ To treat or regard with contempt. Syn: despise, scorn See Also: contemner, contempt, contemptibility, contemptible, contemptibly, contemptuous …   Wiktionary

  • contemn — Synonyms and related words: abhor, abjure, be above, be contemptuous of, brush aside, care nothing for, chuck, chuck out, contradict, decline, deny, deride, despise, disapprove, discard, disclaim, discount, disdain, dismiss, disown, disparage,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • contemn — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. despise, scorn, disdain; see despise , hate 1 . See Synonym Study at despise . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To regard with utter contempt and disdain: despise, disdain, scorn, scout2. Idioms: have no use for, look down on …   English dictionary for students

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