Beneath, prep. & adv.
1 not worthy of; too demeaning for (it was beneath him to reply).
2 below, under.
--adv. below, under, underneath.
beneath contempt see CONTEMPT.
OE binithan, bineothan f. bi BY + nithan etc. below f. Gmc
lowness, debasement, depression, prostration, depression, molehill, lowlands, basement floor, ground floor, rez de chaussee, cellar, hold, bilge, feet, heels, low water, low tide, ebb tide, neap tide, spring tide, low, neap, debased, nether, nether most, flat, level with the ground, lying low, crouched, subjacent, squat, prostrate, under, beneath, underneath, below, downwards, adown, at the foot of, under foot, under ground, down stairs, below stairs, at a low ebb, below par.