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Synonyms for contemn

to regard with utter contempt and disdain

Synonyms for contemn

look down on with disdain

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Henry's Ten Articles upheld the full sacrament of penance and auricular confession in no uncertain language: "Item, that in no wise they do contemn this auricular confession which is made unto ministers of the church, but that they ought to repute the same as a very expedient and necessary mean, whereby they may require and ask this absolution at the priest's hands.
1983) 'Il fascismo femminile da San Sepolcro all'affare Matteotti (1919-1925)', Storia Contemn, Vol.
lay to vilify, and contemn the Christian Religion, on or about
Again, confirming what men "are" through negation, Coverdale observes that men naturally contemn those weak, diseased unfortunates who "falter and faint" in the "rude jostle of our selfish existence" (39).
5) In it, Elizabeth is very clear about the penalties for openly "contemn"ing England's sumptuary restrictions: "And for such as shall contemn any of the orders before mentioned being devised by her majesty's commandment, the offenders to be attached and committed to prison, and to be there continued and punished as apper-taineth to such as shall willfully break her majesty's commandment in causes concerning the public weal of the realm.
This curriculum has been aligned to modules in the Contemn Learning Series as endorsed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCC ER).
Thus it is the tension between the two that makes America exceptional, and that lends a certain credibility both to those who contemn her for being so menacingly religious and to those who despise her for being so aggressively godless.
The local Ulster Unionist MP united with a local nationalist councillor to contemn the terrorists who carried out yesterday's attack on the Curran family.
A good number of writers specifically urged their readers not to despise, contemn, or use unmannerly speech or behavior towards the aged.
Boswell argues for a basic continuity from antiquity into the early centuries of Christianity, when same-sex unions were on an almost equal footing with heterosexual matrimony: "The Christian Middle Ages had many reasons to contemn heterosexual arrangements, viewed as a terrestrial convenience or advantage, and at the same time to admire same-sex passion and unions.
The spectrum of difference exhibited at these shows suggests varying relationships with the West: some artists identify with or at least acknowledge the Western tradition, some contemn it.
The Stolen and Perverted Writings of Homer & Ovid, of Plato & Cicero, which all Men ought to contemn, are set up by artifice against the Sublime of the Bible; but when the New Age is at leisure to Pronounce, all will be set right, & those Grand Works of the more ancient & consciously & professedly Inspired Men will hold their proper rank, & the Daughters of Memory shall become the Daughters of Inspiration.
Every Communist orator has been trained to contemn "Utopianism," that is to say, has been trained to contemn intelligent planning.