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.
- self-dis·dain, noun
- un·dis·dain·ing, adjective
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How to use disdain in a sentence
I am just anti- the banality of the discussion that these otherwise decent, fun people devolve to when indulging, and my girlfriend does not share my disdain of banality, I guess.Carolyn Hax: He worries that every day after Jan. 1 will be 420 | Carolyn Hax | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
It was by Gene himself, expressing said disdain for the undignified Ironman Triathlon watch, “thick as a brick and handsome as a hernia,” that the new President Clinton wore even to meetings at the United Nations.Style Conversational Week 1413: Our new not-so-big top -- the Clowning Achievement trophy | Pat Myers | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
These policies reflect the administration’s broader disdain for science and technology as a whole.America’s technological leadership is at stake in this election | Gideon Lichfield | October 29, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
It made the news, and multiple A-list celebrities made public statements avowing their support for Pratt and their disdain for those heartless internet bullies who have invoked the laws of Gotta Go to tell Chris Pratt he Gotta Get.How Chris Pratt became the internet’s least favorite Chris | Constance Grady | October 22, 2020 | Vox
Such events, however destructive and aggressive as they tend to be, are commonly associated not with the hunter’s sense of malice, disdain, or even casual disinterest, but an abiding sense of respect and honor for his prey.The Psychic Toll of Severing the Hunter-Prey Relationship - Facts So Romantic | William Buckner | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
In a culture that worships celebrities while pretending to disdain them, the Sony emails are catnip for the masses.
It was associated with government heavy-handedness and viewed with disdain.
In the immediate aftermath of the oil spill, apoplectic Southerners cast their disdain towards the North.
Many critics have disdain precisely for this strange messiness of his, this showmanship that dares to create a new order.
His look of disdain at my question lingers as he pronounces laconically: “We kill them.”
He did not disdain to manufacture dainty little dishes for his young mistresses.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
The instant lift of Florimond's eyebrows was full of insolent, supercilious disdain.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The tall, slender Spaniard, swarthy and of classic feature, looks about him with suppressed disdain.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
He looked at Mandleco with immense disdain, gave a pert tilt of his head and surveyed the room with a grimace of distaste.We're Friends, Now | Henry Hasse
The boy's pulses leaped toward these things even while his lips curled in disdain at the shallow decoy.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
British Dictionary definitions for disdain
a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
(tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
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