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disdain

[dis-deyn, dih-steyn]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
  2. to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself: to disdain replying to an insult.
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noun
  1. a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
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Origin of disdain

1300–50; (v.) Middle English disdainen < Anglo-French de(s)deigner (see dis-1, deign); (noun) Middle English disdeyn < Anglo-French desdai(g)n, derivative of the verb
Related formsself-dis·dain, nounun·dis·dain·ing, adjective

Synonyms

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1. contemn, spurn. 3. haughtiness, arrogance.

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3. See contempt.

Antonyms

1. accept. 3. admiration.
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  • It seemed to him so incredible that he could have laughed aloud in bitterness and self-disdain.

    Jason

    Justus Miles Forman


British Dictionary definitions for self-disdain

disdain

noun
  1. a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
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verb
  1. (tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
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Word Origin

C13 dedeyne, from Old French desdeign, from desdeigner to reject as unworthy, from Latin dēdignārī; see dis- 1, deign
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Word Origin and History for self-disdain

disdain

v.

late 14c., from Old French desdeignier "disdain, scorn, refuse, repudiate," from des- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + deignier "treat as worthy" (see deign). Related: Disdained; disdaining.

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disdain

n.

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.

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