- to treat or regard contemptuously or slightingly; belittle
- to vilify; revile
Origin of vilipendMiddle English vilipenden from Middle French vilipender from Classical Latin vilipendere from vilis, vile + pendere, to weigh: see pend
transitive verbvil·i·pend·ed, vil·i·pend·ing, vil·i·pends Archaic
- To view or treat with contempt; despise.
- To speak ill of; disparage.
Origin of vilipendMiddle English vilipenden from Old French vilipender from Latin vīlipendere vīlis worthless ; see wes-3 in Indo-European roots. pendere to consider, weigh ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present vilipends, present participle vilipending, simple past and past participle vilipended)
From Middle English vilipenden, from Old French vilipender, from Latin vilipendere, from vilis (“worthless") + pendere (“to consider, weigh").