Definition of disdain in English:

disdain

noun

mass noun
  • The feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect.

    ‘her upper lip curled in disdain’
    ‘an aristocratic disdain for manual labour’
    • ‘In an incredible display of arrogance and disdain for the fans, we had to search for our umbrellas among piles of them left in heaps on the floor.’
    • ‘Despite my general disdain for the community at large, community service would be somewhat pointless without it.’
    • ‘In fact, its disdain for conventional musical genre - despite an obviously strong love of music - is what elevates it above the competition.’
    • ‘Despite his disdain for much about the town at the time, the rector was optimistic about the future.’
    • ‘His eyes blaze with contempt and disdain for you and your people.’
    • ‘Neither side bothered to hide disdain for the opposition.’
    • ‘In this case, I find it difficult to understand why there's so much hatred and disdain for this movie.’
    • ‘Secondly, progressives should perhaps rethink their own disdain for service-based outreach programs.’
    • ‘Humans generally held him in high contempt, showing disdain for him in some places, utterly shunning him in others.’
    • ‘He spoke with such fondness of the tuna melt, that despite my disdain for tinned tuna, I felt compelled to try one.’
    • ‘Despite her disdain for the bad boys, they keep on pursuing her.’
    • ‘Scientists will have to step out of their laboratories and humanists will have to give up their haughty disdain for modernity.’
    • ‘Despite his evident disdain for her, he still seemed uncomfortable arresting a woman who had been his friend and colleague for many years.’
    • ‘Despite her disdain for the class and it's students, Angelique had better luck than most of them.’
    • ‘The literary establishment's incoherent critique combines snobbish disdain for popular culture with an ahistorical philistinism.’
    • ‘His contempt for ineptitude as well as his disdain for those who held opinions contrary to his was legendary.’
    • ‘He is also very arrogant, showing disdain for those who are not as observant or skilled as he is.’
    • ‘Certainly, she's arrogant and her disdain for them is palpable.’
    • ‘My utter disdain for the zoologist is no secret; I think he is ridiculously overrated as an intellectual.’
    • ‘Those who have it, use it, with condescension and casual disdain for those on the receiving end.’
    contempt, scorn, scornfulness, contemptuousness, derision, disrespect
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Consider to be unworthy of one's consideration.

    ‘he disdained his patients as an inferior rabble’
    • ‘However, the change in tone of the Oscar ceremony disproportionately affects what the women will wear if ballroom gowns are disdained.’
    • ‘And I believe he puts a lot of weight on loyalty, and he disdains disloyalty.’
    • ‘Of the three countries to put the constitution to the popular vote, two have now disdained it.’
    • ‘He disdains the definition ‘disabled,’ traveling six months a year to play, win and show everybody it can be done.’
    • ‘Although accustomed to supporting others through their physical pain, Sam disdains emotional intimacy ‘because it hurts.’’
    • ‘Populism is very powerful where the populace is disdained by the elites.’
    • ‘He ranks high among the great detectives of fiction but does so unobtrusively, disdaining self-advertisement.’
    • ‘In a climate where the very idea of academic judgement is disdained, it is hardly surprising that some would cling to what appears to be a more precise and scientific approach.’
    • ‘He disdained deep delta blues, calling it ‘negative’.’
    • ‘Those who disdain wealth as crass materialism need to understand that wealth is one of the biggest life-saving factors in the world.’
    • ‘He disdains public explanations, or conversations: he rarely gives press interviews and when he does, he doesn't say much.’
    • ‘Dismissed by the press, disdained by opponents, Cassius Clay kept on winning.’
    • ‘Usually, it disdains the use of facades as a shell for a new building.’
    • ‘Aside from mushrooms, fungi are widely disdained by the agriculture industry.’
    • ‘He always disdained the idea of a ‘cradle competition’ between rich and poor, native and immigrant, white and black.’
    • ‘By 1980, major record companies disdained the music, preferring the slicker stylings of the new wave.’
    • ‘Political parties are much disdained these days, often deservedly.’
    • ‘A long time ago, an editor left this paper and wrote a farewell column in which he disdained our readers and letter-writers.’
    • ‘He also disdains the disappearing-island theory, citing the contradiction of the building boom.’
    • ‘They disdained make-up and shampoo but drove nice cars and lived in expensively decorated tree-houses.’
    scorn, deride, pour scorn on, regard with contempt, show contempt for, be contemptuous about, sneer at, sniff at, curl one's lip at, pooh-pooh, look down on, belittle, undervalue, slight
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    1. 1.1 Refuse to do (something) from feelings of pride or superiority.
      ‘she remained standing, pointedly disdaining his invitation to sit down’
      with infinitive ‘he disdained to discuss the matter further’
      • ‘Snape was sitting at the desk, but he disdained to even so much as lay a finger on the keypad.’
      • ‘She wanted him to stop, wanted to plead for her release, but she disdained to beg for him, and she doubted that it would influence his intent in the slightest.’
      • ‘He ‘distained to mingle in the intrigues of court life’ and found his chief occupation in the formation of his collection.’
      • ‘Perigryne felt his gaze upon her once again, but she disdained to move from her position.’
      spurn, reject, refuse, rebuff, disregard, ignore, snub
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French desdeign (noun), desdeignier (verb), based on Latin dedignari, from de- (expressing reversal) + dignari ‘consider worthy’ (from dignus ‘worthy’).

Pronunciation

disdain

/dɪsˈdeɪn/