Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: verb

To despise; scorn.

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Usage examples "contemn":

  1. I contemn few men but most thinges. - "Bacon is Shake-Speare", 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)", 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", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.