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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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,  as  mean  and  despicable;  to 
  reject  with  disdain;  to  despise;  to  scorn. 
 
  Thy  pompous  delicacies  I  contemn.  --Milton. 
 
  One  who  contemned  divine  and  human  laws.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  To  despise;  scorn;  disdain;  spurn;  slight;  neglect; 
  underrate;  overlook. 
 
  Usage:  To  {Contemn},  {Despise},  {Scorn},  {Disdain}.  Contemn 
  is  the  generic  term,  and  is  applied  especially  to 
  objects,  qualities,  etc.,  which  are  deemed 
  contemptible,  and  but  rarely  to  individuals;  to 
  despise  is  to  regard  or  treat  as  mean  unbecoming,  or 
  worthless;  to  scorn  is  stronger,  expressing  a  quick, 
  indignant  contempt;  disdain  is  still  stronger, 
  denoting  either  unwarrantable  pride  and  haughtiness  or 
  an  abhorrence  of  what  is  base. 




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