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Syllabification: con·temn
Pronunciation: /kənˈtem

Definition of contemn in English:


[with object] archaic
Treat or regard with contempt.
Example sentences
  • And viciously contemning the Church more often than not entails a disdainful sidelong glance at the benighted faithful who persist in allegiance to her.
  • 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.
  • When he balks, she reminds him that ‘No Lover should his Mistriss Pray'rs withstand: / Yet you contemn my absolute Command ’.


late Middle English: from Latin contemnere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + temnere 'despise'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtem(n)ər/
Example sentences
  • As ye deal with my contemners, So with you my grace shall deal
  • The judgment has also not found any motive on the part of the contemners to threaten the Judges.
  • Judges are enjoined to extend to an alleged contemner the same rights accorded to an accused.

Words that rhyme with contemn

ahem, Belém, Clem, condemn, crème de la crème, em, gem, hem, Jem, LibDem, phlegm, pro tem, rem, Shem, stem, them

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