[ 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.

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

Origin of disdain

First recorded in 1300–50; (for the verb) Middle English disdainen, from Anglo-French de(s)deigner, equivalent to dis-1 + deign; noun derivative of the verb

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3. See contempt.

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Other words from disdain

  • self-dis·dain, noun
  • un·dis·dain·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for disdain


/ (dɪsˈdeɪn) /

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

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

Origin of disdain

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

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