- to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
- to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself: to disdain replying to an insult.
- a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
Origin of disdain
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Examples from the Web for disdain
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.The Disaster Story That Hollywood Had Coming
December 17, 2014
It was associated with government heavy-handedness and viewed with disdain.The Republican Rainbow Coalition Is Real
November 18, 2014
In the immediate aftermath of the oil spill, apoplectic Southerners cast their disdain towards the North.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
Many critics have disdain precisely for this strange messiness of his, this showmanship that dares to create a new order.Frank Gehry Is Architecture’s Mad Genius
October 27, 2014
His look of disdain at my question lingers as he pronounces laconically: “We kill them.”Why Does the Free Syrian Army Hate Us?
October 3, 2014
I disdain to spoil my eyes or waste my time by newspaper-reading.
Yet, the disdain of the girl seemed only to increase momently.Within the Law
They cherish poodles, particularly post-mortem; they disdain swine.
The Frenchman looked at his host in some disdain, bit his lip, and was silent.
Philip Morton heard, and his lip curled with a sad and a just disdain.
- a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
- (tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
Word Origin and History for disdain
mid-14c., desdegne "scorn, contempt," earlier dedeyne "offended dignity" (c.1300), from Old French desdeigne, from desdeignier (see disdain (v.)). Sometimes in early Modern English shortened to sdain, sdainful. Related: disdainful; disdainfully.