Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Vilipend

Vilipend, v. [vil-uh-pend]:

1. to regard or treat as of little value or account.

2. to vilify; depreciate.


... instead of imitating the retired and monastic manner of his brother deceased, he became a gay visitor, and such a reveller, that in process of time he was observed to vilipend the modest fare which had at first been esteemed a banquet by his hungry appetite, and thereby highly displeased my wife ... Sir Walter Scott, Count Robert of Paris, 1832
I would not willingly vilipend any Christian, if, peradventure, he deserveth that epithet. Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphry Clinker, 1771


Vilipend derives from the Latin terms vīlis meaning "cheap" and pendere meaning "to consider." It entered English in the 1400s.

(Source: word of the day for 08/30/2016)

Tags: latin, v, verb, wordsmith: med_cat

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