El Ganador

Senior Member
India - Hindi
Does contempt have the root temp (meaning time) in it? I ask this because I think I see it, but don't understand how contempt relates to time.
  • contempt comes from Latin contemno.

    Yes they are linked through Indo-European temh (= to cut), which has given Latin temno (= I despise), and tempus (= time).

    1) tempus is a "section (of time)".
    2) Concerning temno, the link with "to cut" is not so clear, but we can say it's a way to "cut the link" with somebody.

    The etymology is questioned though, and some sources associate Latin temno with IE stemb (= to crush). In that case, there would be no link between contempt and time.
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