Chiefly Literary to treat or think of with contempt; scorn
Origin of contemnMiddle English contempnen from Old French contemner from Classical Latin contemnere from com-, intensive + temnere, to scorn
transitive verbcon·temned, con·temn·ing, con·temns
To view with contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise.
Origin of contemnMiddle English contempnen to slight from Latin contemnere com- intensive pref. ; see com- . temnere to despise
(third-person singular simple present contemns, present participle contemning, simple past and past participle contemned)