[dis-deyn-fuhl, dih-steyn-]


full of or showing disdain; scornful.

Origin of disdainful

First recorded in 1535–45; disdain + -ful
Related formsdis·dain·ful·ly, adverbdis·dain·ful·ness, noun

Synonyms for disdainful

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Examples from the Web for disdainful

Contemporary Examples of disdainful

Historical Examples of disdainful

  • That he had lived in the City all his life and was disdainful of other localities, no doubt.

  • That disdainful glance of his on the first evening I could never forget, billah.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • I did not protest, from a feeling of a sort of disdainful indifference.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • She looked at him, and laughed; a cold laugh, disdainful, yet not bitter.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • But he checked the impulse with a disdainful curve of his lips.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for disdainful



showing or feeling disdain
Derived Formsdisdainfully, adverbdisdainfulness, noun
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