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Definition of "contemn" [con•temn]

  • To view with contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "contemn" in a sentence
  • "Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD."
  • ""Because it is a trial," saith he, "and what if the sword contemn even the rod?""
  • "Or, What if the sword contemn even the rod? that is, what if this sword make the former rods, as that or Sennacherib, to be contemned as nothing to this?"