[ dis-deyn-fuh-lee ]
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  1. in a way that shows contempt or scorn:Once disdainfully regarded as mosquito-infested swamps, wetlands today are appreciated for providing critical wildlife habitat, assisting with water purification, and helping to store water during storms and floods.

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How to use disdainfully in a sentence

  • Dazzled by the more lavish gifts, she looked listlessly and disdainfully at bodkins, three for twopence.

    The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
  • He took the ten-dollar bank note from his pocket, straightened out the wrinkles and looked at it disdainfully.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • My father stopped, looked at me disdainfully, and contented himself with saying, "I believe you are mad."

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • She smiled disdainfully, and a few deep wrinkles appeared on her pallid cheeks.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • Instead they obey the clucking of the mother hen, and "tweet" disdainfully at their haughty sire.