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Vilipend, v. Also: wilipend, vilepend, vylepend, villipend, willepend, weliepend, (vilppend). [e.m.E. vilipend(e (c1470), vylypend(e (Caxton), vylepende (a1529), F. vilipender, L. vīlipendere.] tr. a. To express contempt by an action, attitude, state, etc.; esp. to show contempt or disregard for the law, authority or anything legally binding; to treat slightingly. Also absol. b. To feel contempt for, despise (a person or thing) because of an action, attitude, etc. on the part of the person despised; also passive, to be treated with contempt in this way; to be brought into disrepute. a. Ouer malapart and eik presumpteous Thow wes to mak out ouer me thy tripping … For thy trespas thow can mak na defence My nobill persoun thus to vilipend; Henr. Fab. 1455.
Caratac … Quhilk vilipendis thy power throw his pryde; Stewart 6975.
Becaus of the great pluralitie Of ignorant preists … Quhair throch of teicheouris the heich dignitie Is vilipendit; Lynd. Sat. 3876 (Ch.).
Speking … dispitfull and injurious wordis to the said James, manifestlie contempnand and vilipendand him being baillie and magistrate to quhome he aucht honour; 1564 Reg. Privy C. I 302.
Quhairthrow nocht onelie is the decreit of ane ordinar juge … stoppit in executioun thairof, and our said soverane lord … mokkit and vilipendit [etc.]; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II 14.
Nather regardand our said soverane lordis authoritie … bot lychtleand and vilipendand thairthrow the samyn; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II 29.
Sick persones … maist contempnandlie vilipending and transgressing the guid actis; 1593 Elgin Rec. II 34.
Gif it be ane magistrate that is disobeyit, injureit, vilipendit, or contempnit ilk personis doar thairof sall pay ten libs.; 1595 Haddington B. Rec. (Robb) 7 Jan.
The said Johne … abused & vilipendit the said George Ramesay, bailie, be lifting of his leg skornefullie & flinging at the said George; 1605 Dundee Chart. 171.
The wrong done be William Huntar and his wyff in hir going to Edenburgh without leiff and comeing bak againe without ane testimoniall … sua vilipendit … the ordinance of the burgh; 1624 Linlithgow B. Rec. 24 Dec.
[An agreement by Donald McCloid and Sir I. MacDowgall by way of friendly borrowing for ¥420] … And in cais it sal happin me or my foirsaidis to wilipend breek or contemne the obligementis above specefeit [etc.]; 1636 Bk. Dunvegan 183.
The simple apothecaries … having applied to the town council to name a visiter to their trade … they … ordaining a chirurgeon-apothecary to be likewise present at the visiting the apothecaries drugs … they named two visitors … Upon this the apothecaries gave in a petition to the Lords complaining that the town of Edinburgh had vilipended and contemned their authority; 1685 Fountainhall Decis. I 357.
(b) Refusand … to submit hym to disciplyn … As also sen syn he hes nocht feared oppynly to impugne & vilepend the ordor most godly; 1564 St. A. Kirk S. 198.
Sic is thair insolencie … that sumtymes thai haif vilependit and lichtleit our avin utheris letters; 1584 Aberd. Sheriff Ct. I 319.
The said Thomas Boyd our rebell … oppinly repaires to kirk, mercat [etc.] … lightleand and vilependand therthrow us our authoritie and lawes; 1670 Boyd Fam. P. 9 June.
(c) Whatsomever frieman hereof that slanders and villipendes the actis and ordinances … and disobeys the same; c1632 Aberd. Trades 223.
Ther is debt contracted be him … projects brok and willepended; 1666 Cromartie Corr. I 16.
(d) Vilppendit; 1646 Spalding II 498.
absol. I begin to deall with him in words; he disdeanes and vilipends with misbehaviour in words and countenance; Melvill 69.
b. Eik gif I wald this auisioun indite Ianglaris suld it bakbite … Cry [etc.] … I repute better thus to mak ane end, Than ocht to say that suld heiraris engrief; On vther side thocht thay me vilipend; Doug. Pal. Hon. 1273.
Vylepend; Bell. Livy I 80/1.
Steill ȝe away, the wyfis will vilipend ȝow, And, gif ȝe byde, the burrowis will commend ȝow; 1570 Sempill in Sat. P. xii 148.
Now, paper, pas; … Curious poyetis, I knawe, will vilipend thé, Saying, thou fares but of ane saucie lowne; 1584 Sempill in Sat. P. xlv Pref. 131.
What offence in me, Thus maks the loath and vilipend my love? Mure Dido & Æneas ii 592.
(b) The bischope … led upoun [him] [sc. the earl] ane sentance of curssing for his contemptioun of the censouris of hallie kirk quhilkis the earle heiglie weliependit as ane thing of no strength witht out dreadour; Pitsc. I 54/7.
passive Thocht thay war of oncouth blude thay suld nocht be vilependit; Bell. Boece I 11.
Quhairas … King Henrie … being … murtherit, the fame thairof wes … blawin abrede and dispersit in all realmis … that this cuntre wes abhorrit and vilipendit, the nobilitie and haill people na uther wayis estemit bot as thai had bene all participant; 1567 Reg. Privy C. I 521.
His discourse of curssing was … that it should nott be used rashlie, … But now, … the avarice of preastis, and the ignorance of thair office, has caused it altogitther to be vilipended; Knox I 38.
Quhair by the said watter be the abusaris thairof is rather vilipendit not commendit; Skeyne Descr. Well Sig. A 4.

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