- 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 disdaining
"Do get in, my dear girl," said Nana tranquilly, disdaining the onlookers.
But, disdaining my proffered hand, she stepped ashore unaided.The Suitors of Yvonne
"And then, this matter of studying," Bobby went on, disdaining her interruption.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The Aztecs literally died in their tracks, disdaining to fly.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
But there he stood, as if disdaining to fly, face fronting the enemy.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
- 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 disdaining
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.