(Con*temp"tu*ous*ly), adv. In a contemptuous manner; with scorn or disdain; despitefully.

The apostles and most eminent Christians were poor, and used contemptuously.
Jer. Taylor.

(Con*temp"tu*ous*ness), n. Disposition to or manifestion of contempt; insolence; haughtiness.

(Con*tend") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Contended; p. pr. & vb. n. Contending.] [OF. contendre, L. contendere, -tentum; con- + tendere to strech. See Tend.]

1. To strive in opposition; to contest; to dispute; to vie; to quarrel; to fight.

For never two such kingdoms did contend
Without much fall of blood.

The Lord said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle.
Deut. ii. 9.

In ambitious strength I did
Contend against thy valor.

2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.

You sit above, and see vain men below
Contend for what you only can bestow.

3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.

The question which our author would contend for.

Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial.
Dr. H. More.

Syn. — To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.

(Con*tend"), v. t. To struggle for; to contest. [R.]

Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.

(Con*tend"ent) n. [L. contendens, p. pr.] An antagonist; a contestant. [Obs.]

In all notable changes and revolutions the contendents have been still made a prey to the third party.

(Con*tend"er) n. One who contends; a contestant.

(Con*tend"ress) n. A female contestant. [R.]

(Con*ten"e*ment) n. [Pref. con- + tenement.] (Law) That which is held together with another thing; that which is connected with a tenement, or thing holden, as a certain quantity of land adjacent to a dwelling, and necessary to the reputable enjoyment of the dwelling; appurtenance. Burrill.

(Con*tent") a. [F. content, fr. L. contentus, p. p. of contenire to hold together, restrain. See Contain.] Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest.

Having food and rai ment, let us be therewith content.
1 Tim. vi. 8.

(Con"tent) (kon"tent or kon*tent"; 277), n.; usually in pl., Contents.

1. That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits; as, the contents of a cask or bale or of a room; the contents of a book.

I shall prove these writings . . . authentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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