AskDefine | Define contemn

Dictionary Definition

contemn v : look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately" [syn: despise, scorn, disdain]

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  • /kənˈtɛm/


  1. To treat or regard with contempt.



to treat or regard with contempt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abhor, abjure, be above, be contemptuous of, brush aside, care nothing for, chuck, chuck out, contradict, decline, deny, deride, despise, disapprove, discard, disclaim, discount, disdain, dismiss, disown, disparage, disprize, disregard, dump on, except, exclude, feel contempt for, feel superior to, forswear, hold beneath one, hold cheap, hold in contempt, ignore, insult, look down upon, misprize, pass by, pass up, push aside, put down, rank low, rebuff, recant, refuse, refuse to consider, reject, renounce, repel, repudiate, repulse, ridicule, scorn, scout, set at naught, shove away, sneer at, sneeze at, sniff at, snort at, spurn, think nothing of, throw away, throw out, turn away, turn out, waive
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