What is another word for contemn?

Pronunciation: [kəntˈɛm] (IPA)

The word "contemn" is fairly uncommon and means to treat with disdain or scorn. Some synonyms for this word include despise, disdain, scorn, spurn, and belittle. Other possible alternatives may include deride, ridicule, mock, revile, or disparage. Each of these words carries a slightly different connotation, but all imply an attitude of disrespect or disdain for a person or object. When choosing a synonym for "contemn," it is important to pay attention to the nuances of meaning to ensure that the intended emphasis or tone is conveyed accurately.

Synonyms for Contemn:

What are the hypernyms for Contemn?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.
  • hypernyms for contemn (as verbs)

    • emotion
      look down on.

What are the hyponyms for Contemn?

Hyponyms are more specific words categorized under a broader term, known as a hypernym.
  • hyponyms for contemn (as verbs)

What are the opposite words for contemn?

Contemn is a verb meaning to despise or look down upon someone or something. The antonyms for contemn are like, appreciate, respect, and value. These words express a positive regard for someone or something, as opposed to the negative connotation of contemn. Like means to find someone or something pleasing or enjoyable. Appreciate means to recognize the value of someone or something. Respect means to hold someone in high regard or esteem. Value means to consider someone or something to be of importance or worth. Using antonyms of contemn shows a positive attitude towards others and promotes empathy and kindness.

What are the antonyms for Contemn?

Usage examples for Contemn

I almost contemn a foe so insignificant-Not that he is deficient in bravery, or skill-But what is he?
"Anna St. Ives"
Thomas Holcroft
There is no denying the beauty of the ideal, but there was apparent also a disposition, in contemplating it, to contemn the slow processes of evolution by which Nature commonly attains her ends, and to impose at once, by convention, the methods that commended themselves to the sanguine.
"Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles"
Alfred T. Mahan
Granting, then, that you, her nearest and most responsible relative, do not contemn me for presumption, all else seems to me clear.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Book 8."
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Famous quotes with Contemn

  • That I grow sour, who only lack delight; That I descend to sneer, who only grieve: That from my depth I should contemn your height; That with my blame my mockery you receive; Huntress and splendour of the woodland night, Diana of this world, do not believe.
    Hilaire Belloc

Related words: contempt, disdain, scorn, disdainful, contemptuous, disdainfully

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