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disdain

[ dis-deyn, dih-steyn ]
/ dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪn /
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verb (used with object)

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.

noun

a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.

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discus, discuss, discussant, discussion, discutient, disdain, disdainful, disease, disease determinant, diseased, diseconomy

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
SYNONYMS FOR disdain
Related formsself-dis·dain, nounun·dis·dain·ing, adjective

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3. See contempt.
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British Dictionary definitions for disdain

disdain

/ (dɪsˈdeɪn) /

noun

a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn

verb

(tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain

Word Origin for disdain

C13 dedeyne, from Old French desdeign, from desdeigner to reject as unworthy, from Latin dēdignārī; see dis- 1, deign
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