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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To treat with despise or scorn.

Usage examples (19)
  • Paul tries hard not to contemn others.
  • "Because it is a trial," saith he, "and what if the sword contemn even the rod?"
  • Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? "
  • I am not glad that & ch a fore of time Should & ck a plaifter by 'contemn'd revolt. for more
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  • Knowing that society would also "contemn" (look down on, treat with contempt) him, she felt able to "condemn" (criticize strongly) him.
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