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[word-lover] 【整理】2009-08-20 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]【整理】2009-08-20 How to Use a Word

Word of the day for August 20th is contemn, spelled C-O-N-T-E-M-N. Contemn is a verb that means to view or treat with contempt to scone. Here is the word used in a sentence, Jacob believes any rational scientist must contemn theaories of magic and the super-nature. Contemn is derived from a Latin word Contemnoray, a word formed by combining con- and -temnoray meaning to despise. Surprisingly, our verb may have come within a hairsbreath of being spelled C-O-N-T-E-M-P-N. The middle French word contempnoray arrived in middle English as contempnan. But the extra p disappeared, leaving us with contemn.
You may be wondering the connection between contemn and contempt, and not surprisingly, they're related. Contempt comes from the Latin word contemptus, which comes from contemnoray. Comtemn first turned up in print in 15th centurary in English. Contempt dates from 14th centurary.
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