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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
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  • The locksmith glanced at him disdainfully, but returned no other answer.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • "Guess that can't be much trouble," said Willie, disdainfully.

  • "We have met before, I think, Monsieur," she said disdainfully.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • "He need fear nothing without that word," said Ruth disdainfully.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • "True to their wildness, maybe," she answered him disdainfully.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • The girl stood erect, disdainfully looking him full in the face.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • If it presents itself too often to his mind, he expels it disdainfully!

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "The crudeness of your ferocity is positively gross, Martin," Mr. Jones said disdainfully.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for disdainfully


showing or feeling disdain
Derived Forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
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