What does the word contemn mean?

    Part of speech: noun


  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To despise; scorn.

Usage examples for contemn

  1. I contemn few men but most thinges. – Bacon is Shake-Speare by Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence
  2. The too curious reader may perhaps require other specimens of the more unlucky inventions of this " Golden Legend;" as characteristic of a certain class of minds, the philosopher will contemn these grotesque fictions. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  3. Antiquam exquirite matrem: all three come from the Mediterranean basin or from around it, and it is only the ill- born who contemn descent. – Brother Copas by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch