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  • n. Plural form of contemner.


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  • We cannot be called contemners for not obeying, but for not subjecting ourselves, wherewith we cannot be charged.

    The Works of Mr. George Gillespie (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • In other words, the "fiery Gospel" that we find "writ in burnished rows of steel," i.e., that we learn from war, is that we must treat others as we would be treated, even when we are dealing with the 'contemners' i.e., those who despise moral truth.

    The Glory of the Morning on the Wave

  • "contemners" of it whom the Ordinance itself had taken the precaution of rendering inexcusable by the clause ordering its own publication!

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • Providence, which suits its instruments to the end they are to achieve, had awakened in the cause of Reformation in Scotland, a body of preachers of more energy than refinement, bold in spirit, and strong in faith, contemners of whatever stood betwixt them and their principal object, and seeking the advancement of the great cause in which they laboured by the roughest road, provided it were the shortest.

    The Monastery

  • And he hath formed to himself a band of more than a thousand men, all, like himself, contemners of civil and ecclesiastical authority, and holds himself independent of the Duke of

    Quentin Durward

  • "As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal";

    Sound Politics: We're not going to take it

  • I will not here mention how unreasonable this is for men that ever think of a future state, and their concernment in it, which no rational man can avoid to do sometimes: nor shall I take notice what a shame and confusion it is to the greatest contemners of knowledge, to be found ignorant in things they are concerned to know.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • Tyrants of the old world! contemners of the rights of man! disbelievers in human freedom and equality! enemies of mankind! console not yourselves with the delusion, that REPUBLICANISM and the AMERICAN UNION are synonymous terms—or that the downfall of the latter will be the extinction of the former, and, consequently, a proof of the incapacity of the people for self-government, and a confirmation of your own despotic claims!

    Garrison against the Tyrants

  • “As ye deal with My contemners, so with you My grace shall deal”;

    The Glory of the Morning on the Wave

  • As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;

    The Battle Hymn of the Republic


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