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