Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Contemptuously adverb In a contemptuous manner; with scorn or disdain; despitefully.
The apostles and most eminent Christians were poor, and used contemptuously .
Contemptuousness noun Disposition to or manifestion of contempt; insolence; haughtiness.
Contend intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Contended
; present participle & verbal noun Contending
.] [ Old French contendre
, Latin contendere
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 2. To struggle or exert one's self to obtain or retain possession of, or to defend.
Contend against thy valor.
You sit above, and see vain men below 3. To strive in debate; to engage in discussion; to dispute; to argue.
Contend for what you only can bestow.
The question which our author would contend for.
Many things he fiercely contended about were trivial. Syn.
Dr. H. More.
-- To struggle; fight; combat; vie; strive; oppose; emulate; contest; litigate; dispute; debate.
Contend transitive verb To struggle for; to contest.
Carthage shall contend the world with Rome.Dryden.
[ Latin contendens
, present participle] An antagonist; a contestant.
In all notable changes and revolutions the contendents have been still made a prey to the third party.
Contender noun One who contends; a contestant.
Contendress noun A female contestant. [ R.]
Contenement (kŏn*tĕn"e*m e nt) noun [ Prefix 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.
[ French content
, from Latin contentus
, past participle 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.
kŏn*tĕnt"; 277) noun
; usually in pl
. 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. 2. Power of containing; capacity; extent; size.
Strong ship's, of great content . 3. (Geom.) Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits; as, solid contents ; superficial contents .
The geometrical content , figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom. Table of contents
, or Contents
, a table or list of topics in a book, showing their order and the place where they may be found: a summary.
Content transitive verb
[ French contenter
, Late Latin contentare
, from Latin contentus
, past participle See Content
] 1. To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please.
Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained.
Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them. 2. To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.
Mark xv. 15.
Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you. Syn.
-- To satisfy; appease; please. See Satiate
Content noun 1. Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness.
Such is the fullness of my heart's content . 2. Acquiescence without examination.
The sense they humbly take upon content . 3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
So will I in England work your grace's full content . 4. (Eng. House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes "Content.".
Supposing the number of " Contents " and "Not contents" strictly equal in number and consequence.
Contentation noun [ Late Latin contentatio .] Content; satisfaction. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Contented adjective Content; easy in mind; satisfied; quiet; willing. -- Con*tent"ed*ly , adverb -- Con*tent"ed*ness , noun
Contentful adjective Full of content. [ Obsolete] Barrow.
[ French contention
, Latin contentio
. See Contend
.] 1. A violent effort or struggle to obtain, or to resist, something; contest; strife.
I would my arms could match thee in contention . 2. Strife in words; controversy; altercation; quarrel; dispute; as, a bone of contention .
Contentions and strivings about the law. 3. Vehemence of endeavor; eagerness; ardor; zeal.
Titus iii. 9.
An end . . . worthy our utmost contention to obtain. 4. A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion or strife; a position taken or contended for.
All men seem agreed what is to be done; the contention is how the subject is to be divided and defined.
This was my original contention , and I still maintain that you should abide by your former decision. Syn.
-- Struggle; strife; contest; quarrel; combat; conflict; feud; litigation; controversy; dissension; variance; disagreement; debate; competition; emulation. -- Contention
. A struggle between two parties is the idea common to these two words. Strife
is a struggle for mastery; contention
is a struggle for the possession of some desired object, or the accomplishment of some favorite end. Neither of the words is necessarily used in a bad sense, since there may be a generous strife
between two friends as to which shall incur danger or submit to sacrifices. Ordinarily, however, these words denote a struggle arising from bad passions. In that case, strife
usually springs from a quarrelsome temper, and contention
from, a selfish spirit which seeks its own aggrandizement, or is fearful lest others should obtain too much. Strife
has more reference to the manner than to the object of a struggle, while contention
takes more account of the end to be gained.
[ Latin contentiosus
: confer French contentieux
.] 1. Fond of contention; given to angry debate; provoking dispute or contention; quarrelsome.
Despotic and contentious temper. 2. Relating to contention or strife; involving or characterized by contention. Spenser.
More cheerful, though not less contentious , regions. 3. (Law) Contested; litigated; litigious; having power to decide controversy. Contentious jurisdiction (Eng. Eccl. Law)
, jurisdiction over matters in controversy between parties, in contradistinction to voluntary jurisdiction , or that exercised upon matters not opposed or controverted. Syn.
-- Quarrelsome; pugnacious; dissentious; wrangling; litigious; perverse; peevish. -- Con*ten"tious*ly
Contentless adjective [ Content + -less .] Discontented; dissatisfied. [ R.] Shak.
Contently adverb In a contented manner. [ Obsolete]
[ Confer French contentement
. See Content
, transitive verb
] 1. The state of being contented or satisfied; content.
Contentment without external honor is humility.
Godliness with contentment is great gain. 2. The act or process of contenting or satisfying; as, the contentment of avarice is impossible. 3. Gratification; pleasure; satisfaction.
1 Tim. vi. 6.
At Paris the prince spent one whole day to give his mind some contentment in viewing of a famous city.
Sir H. Wotton.
Contents noun plural See Content , noun
Conterminable adjective Having the same bounds; terminating at the same time or place; conterminous.
Love and life not conterminable .
Sir H. Wotton.
Conterminal adjective [ Late Latin conterminalis .] Conterminous.
Conterminant adjective Having the same limits; ending at the same time; conterminous. Lamb.
Conterminate adjective [ Latin conterminare to border upon, from conterminus conterminous; con- + terminus border.] Having the same bounds; conterminous. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
[ Latin conterminus
. Confer Conterminous
.] Having the same bounds, or limits; bordering upon; contiguous.
This conformed so many of them as were conterminous to the colonies and garrisons, to the Roman laws.
Sir M. Hale.
Conterranean, Conterraneous adjective [ Latin conterraneus ; con- + terra country.] Of or belonging to the same country. Howell.
[ Latin contesseratio
, from contesserare
to contract friendship by means of the tesserae
(friendship tokens).] An assemblage; a collection; harmonious union.
That person of his [ George Herbert], which afforded so unusual a contesseration of elegancies.
Contest transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Contested
; present participle & verbal noun Contesting
.] [ French contester
, from Latin contestari
to call to witness, contestari litem
to introduce a lawsuit by calling witnesses, to bring an action; con-
to be a witness, testic
witness. See Testify
.] 1. To make a subject of dispute, contention, litigation, or emulation; to contend for; to call in question; to controvert; to oppose; to dispute.
The people . . . contested not what was done.
Few philosophical aphorisms have been more frequenty repeated, few more contested than this. 2. To strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend; as, the troops contested every inch of ground. 3. (Law) To make a subject of litigation; to defend, as a suit; to dispute or resist; as a claim, by course of law; to controvert. To contest an election
J. D. Morell.
. (Polit.) (a) To strive to be elected. (b) To dispute the declared result of an election. Syn.
-- To dispute; controvert; debate; litigate; oppose; argue; contend.
Contest intransitive verb To engage in contention, or emulation; to contend; to strive; to vie; to emulate; -- followed usually by with .
The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.
Of man, who dares in pomp with Jove contest ?
Contest noun 1. Earnest dispute; strife in argument; controversy; debate; altercation.
Leave all noisy contests , all immodest clamors and brawling language. 2. Earnest struggle for superiority, victory, defense, etc.; competition; emulation; strife in arms; conflict; combat; encounter.
The late battle had, in effect, been a contest between one usurper and another.
It was fully expected that the contest there would be long and fierce. Syn.
-- Conflict; combat; battle; encounter; shock; struggle; dispute; altercation; debate; controvesy; difference; disagreement; strife. -- Contest
is the broadest term, and had originally no reference to actual fighting. It was, on the contrary, a legal term signifying to call witnesses
, and hence came to denote first a struggle in argument, and then a struggle for some common object between opposing parties, usually one of considerable duration, and implying successive stages or acts. Conflict
denotes literally a close personal engagement, in which sense it is applied to actual fighting. It is, however, more commonly used in a figurative sense to denote strenuous or direct opposition; as, a mental conflict
interests or passions; a conflict
of laws. An encounter
is a direct meeting face to face. Usually it is a hostile meeting, and is then very nearly coincident with conflict
; as, an encounter
of opposing hosts. Sometimes it is used in a looser sense; as, "this keen encounter
of our wits." Shak. Combat
is commonly applied to actual fighting, but may be used figuratively in reference to a strife or words or a struggle of feeling.
Contestable adjective [ Confer French contestable .] Capable of being contested; debatable.
Contestant noun [ Confer French contestant .] One who contests; an opponent; a litigant; a disputant; one who claims that which has been awarded to another.
[ Latin contestatio
testimony: confer French contestation
a contesting.] 1. The act of contesting; emulation; rivalry; strife; dispute.
After years spent in domestic, unsociable contestations , she found means to withdraw. 2. Proof by witness; attestation; testimony.
A solemn contestation ratified on the part of God.
Contestingly adverb In a contending manner.
Contex transitive verb To context. [ Obsolete] Boyle.
[ Latin contextus
, past participle of contexere
to weave, to unite; con-
to weave. See Text
.] Knit or woven together; close; firm.
The coats, without, are context and callous.
[ Latin contextus
; confer French contexte
.] The part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning.
According to all the light that the contexts afford.
Context transitive verb To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
[ Obsolete] Feltham.
The whole world's frame, which is contexted only by commerce and contracts.
Contextural adjective Pertaining to contexture or arrangement of parts; producing contexture; interwoven. Dr. John Smith (1666).
[ Confer French contexture
.] The arrangement and union of the constituent parts of a thing; a weaving together of parts; structural character of a thing; system; constitution; texture.
That wonderful contexture of all created beings.
He was not of any delicate contexture ; his limbs rather sturdy than dainty.
Sir H. Wotton.
Contextured adjective Formed into texture; woven together; arranged; composed. [ R.] Carlyle.
Conticent adjective [ Latin conticens , present participle of conticere ; con- + tacere to be silent.] Silent. [ R.] "The guests sit conticent ." Thackeray.
Contignation noun [ Latin contignatio , from contignare to join with beams; con- + tignum beam.]
1. The act or process of framing together, or uniting, as beams in a fabric. Burke. 2. A framework or fabric, as of beams. Sir H. Wotton.
Contiguate adjective [ Late Latin contiguatus .] Contiguous; touching. [ Obsolete] Holland.
[ Confer French contiguité
, Late Latin contiguitas
.] The state of being contiguous; intimate association; nearness; proximity.
The convicinity and contiguity of the two parishes.
[ Latin contiguus
; akin to contigere
to touch on all sides. See Contingent
.] In actual contact; touching; also, adjacent; near; neighboring; adjoining.
The two halves of the paper did not appear fully divided . . . but seemed contiguous at one of their angles.
Sir I. Newton.
Sees no contiguous palace rear its head. Contiguous angles
. See Adjacent angles , under Angle . Syn.
-- Adjoining; adjacent. See Adjacent
. -- Con*tig"u*ous*ly
Continence, Continency noun
[ French continence
, Latin continentia
. See Continent
, and confer Countenance
.] 1. Self-restraint; self-command.
He knew what to say; he knew also, when to leave off, -- a continence which is practiced by few writers. 2. The restraint which a person imposes upon his desires and passions; the act or power of refraining from indulgence of the sexual appetite, esp. from unlawful indulgence; sometimes, moderation in sexual indulgence.
If they [ the unmarried and widows] have not continency , let them marry.
1 Cor. vii. 9 (Rev. Ver. ).
Chastity is either abstinence or continence : abstinence is that of virgins or widows; continence , that of married persons. 3. Uninterrupted course; continuity.
[ Obsolete] Ayliffe.
[ Latin continens
, prop., present participle of continere
to hold together, to repress: confer French continent
. See Contain
.] 1. Serving to restrain or limit; restraining; opposing.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 2. Exercising restraint as to the indulgence of desires or passions; temperate; moderate.
Have a continent forbearance till the speed of his rage goes slower. 3. Abstaining from sexual intercourse; exercising restraint upon the sexual appetite; esp., abstaining from illicit sexual intercourse; chaste.
My past life
Hath been as continent , as chaste, as true,
As I am now unhappy. 4. Not interrupted; connected; continuous; as, a continent fever.
The northeast part of Asia is, if not continent with the west side of America, yet certainly it is the least disoined by sea of all that coast.
[ Latin continens
, prop., a holding together: confer French continent
. See Continent
] 1. That which contains anything; a receptacle.
The smaller continent which we call a pipkin. 2. One of the grand divisions of land on the globe; the main land; specifically (Physics Geology) , a large body of land differing from an island, not merely in its size, but in its structure, which is that of a large basin bordered by mountain chains; as, the continent of North America.
» The continents
are now usually regarded as six in number: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. But other large bodies of land are also reffered to as continents; as, the Antarctic continent
; the continent
of Greenland. Europe, Asia, and Africa are often grouped together as the Eastern Continent
, and North and South America as the Western Continent
. The Continent
, the main land of Europe, as distinguished from the islands, especially from England.