from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who contemns; a despiser; a scorner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who contemns; a despiser; a scorner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who contemns, who displays contempt towards another.


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From contemn +‎ -er.


  • Louis XI, an habitual derider of whatever did not promise real power or substantial advantage, was in especial a professed contemner of heralds and heraldry, “red, blue, and green, with all their trumpery,” to which the pride of his rival Charles, which was of a very different kind, attached no small degree of ceremonious importance.

    Quentin Durward

  • “Alas! how soon our best resolutions pass away! — he was in a blessed frame for departure but now, and in two minutes he has become a contemner of authorities.”

    Quentin Durward

  • If Caleb could have concentrated all the lightnings of aristocracy in his eye, to have struck dead this contemner of allegiance and privilege, he would have launched them at his head, without respect to the consequences.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • And here he must make a speech for himself and his wife, praising their destiny, their marriage, their son, their daughter-inlaw, their grandchildren, their manifold causes of gratitude: surely the most innocent speech, the old, sharp contemner of his innocence now watching him with eyes of admiration.

    Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin

  • And how is the wise man a contemner of wealth, who upon a contract delivers virtue for money, and if he has not delivered it, yet requires his reward, as having done what is in him?

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Yet this condition is always annexed to the confederation, that if man be unmindful of the covenant and a contemner of its pleasant rule, he may always be impelled or governed by that domination which is really lordly, strict and rigid, and into which, he who refuses to obey the other [species of rule], justly falls.

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2

  • There he was! to her idea, the embodied evil genius of her family! the sullen apostate from the finer part of love -- the victim of satiety, (as rumour said,) the selfish contemner of women's better feelings!

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845

  • He was superior to all those passions and affections which attend vulgar minds, and was guilty of no other ambition than of knowledge, and to be reputed a lover of all good men; and that made him too much a contemner of those arts, which must be indulged in the transactions of human affairs ....

    The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886

  • True servant both of Church and State, he saw that there was no consistent course for him but to consign the enemy of royalty and the contemner of sacred monuments to the abominable Scarlet

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

  • Wickleuists, a despiser of images, a contemner of canons, and a scorner of the sacraments, ended his daies (as it was reported) without the

    Chronicles (3 of 6): Historie of England (1 of 9) Henrie IV


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