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[dis-deyn-fuh l, dih-steyn-] /dɪsˈdeɪn fəl, dɪˈsteɪn-/
full of or showing disdain; scornful.
Origin of disdainful
First recorded in 1535-45; disdain + -ful
Related forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
contemptuous, haughty, contumelious. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • That he had lived in the City all his life and was disdainful of other localities, no doubt.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • That disdainful glance of his on the first evening I could never forget, billah.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • I did not protest, from a feeling of a sort of disdainful indifference.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • She looked at him, and laughed; a cold laugh, disdainful, yet not bitter.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • But he checked the impulse with a disdainful curve of his lips.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Had you been another kind of man I might have been too hopeless or too disdainful.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for disdainful


showing or feeling disdain
Derived Forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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