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Do the words contemporary and contemplate relate to each other in any way?

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No, they have different Latin roots‌​. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 30 '12 at 17:54
    
Maybe an interesting question. -1 shows no research effort; where did you look before posting? –  MετάEd Aug 30 '12 at 21:42

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The OED explains that contemplate comes from

L. contemplāre, orig. deponent contemplārī, to survey, observe, behold, consider, contemplate, f. con- + templum ‘an open place for observation, marked out by the augur with his staff’

And that contemporary comes from:

L. type contemporāri-us, f. con- together + tempus, tempor- time, temporārius of or belonging to time; the actual formations in L. were contemporālis and contemporāneus

So there seems no surface relationship between tempus and templum.

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Wiktionary suggests tempus and templum have a shared Proto-Indo-European origin in *temp- (“to stretch, string”) –  Henry Aug 30 '12 at 18:36

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