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The 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 scorn. Here's the word used in the sentence. Jackle believes that any rational scientist must contemn series of magic and the supernatural.  
Contemn is derived from the Latin word "contemnere", a word formed by combining con C-O-N and temnere, meaning to despise. Surprisingly our verb may have come within a hair's breath of being spelled contempn. The middle French word contonpene? arrived in middle English as contempn, but the extra P disappeared, leaving us contemn. You may be wonder about the connection between contemn and contempt, and not surprisingly, they are related. Contempt comes from the Latin word "comtemptus" which come from "contemnere". Contemn first turned up in print in the 15th century in English. Contempt dates from the 14th century.
With your word of the day for Thursday, August 20th, Im Peter Scoloski
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