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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of contemn.

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Examples

  • The glory of Moab shall be contemned, that is, it shall be contemptible, when all those things they have gloried in shall come to nothing.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • The civil power was to be the secular arm, the instrument, of the Kirk, and was required to inflict the penalties which the preacher imposed on such as contemned the censure and discipline of the Church.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The Mexican republic, declared Castillo, had been “despoiled, outraged, contemned” by the United States.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • The Mexican republic, declared Castillo, had been “despoiled, outraged, contemned” by the United States.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Yet the King hated Charles even more than he contemned him, and his scorn and hatred were the more intense, that they were mingled with fear; for he know that the onset of the mad bull, to whom he likened the Duke of Burgundy, must ever be formidable, though the animal makes it with shut eyes.

    Quentin Durward

  • Distress, being contemned by his Servants, abhorr'd by his People, and the

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • Distress, being contemned by his Servants, abhorr'd by his People, and the

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • So saying, the indignant Sage nevertheless plunged the contemned pieces of gold into a large pouch which he wore at his girdle, which Toinette, and other abettors of lavish expense, generally contrived to empty fully faster than the philosopher, with all his art, could find the means of filling.

    Quentin Durward

  • My warning he altogether contemned — my example he neglected to follow, and fell into the snare which was spread, as it were, before his very eyes.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • On fire when reflecting on the losses she had sustained, mourning over friends slain and kingdoms lost, the proudest and most passionate of princesses was ill suited to dwell with the gayest and best-humored of sovereigns, whose pursuits she contemned, and whose lightness of temper, for finding comfort in such trifles, she could not forgive.

    Anne of Geierstein

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