Definition of disdainful in English:

disdainful

adjective

  • Showing contempt or lack of respect:

    ‘with a last disdainful look, she turned towards the door’
    • ‘He held his head stiffly with his nose angled upward and his lips pursed with a superior, disdainful expression.’
    • ‘The railway people were disdainful of their customers.’
    • ‘Some faculty members seem to express a condescending, at times almost disdainful, attitude.’
    • ‘They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.’
    • ‘Though her words were perfectly respectful, there was a disdainful tone to her voice.’
    • ‘The woman strode past him with a disdainful sneer and entering the temple, glanced about.’
    • ‘His face was cold and disdainful, and his back was straight with haughty pride.’
    • ‘Many qualitative researchers are disdainful of approaches to research that entail the imposition of predetermined formats on the social world.’
    • ‘It was always difficult, despite the president's disdainful silence on the subject, to imagine that all this was going on without his knowledge.’
    • ‘I'm not arguing that employers should be disdainful of their workers' happiness.’
    • ‘There prevails at present, an attitude that is all at once, mutually suspicious, disdainful and hostile.’
    • ‘Very few movies seem as disdainful of their audience to quite the degree of this one.’
    • ‘Her disdainful tone dismissed the idea of anyone desirable sending love letters.’
    • ‘It would be arrogant and disdainful of you to assume that glorious mantle by yourself.’
    • ‘She looked haughty and stuck-up, her face disdainful as she looked down at me.’
    • ‘The simple words oozed with disdainful contempt that seemed to pass unnoticed.’
    • ‘Several of the priests in the procession looked over the crowd with disdainful, superior expressions.’
    • ‘No one was openly hostile, but a few exhibited a rather disdainful sneer as they walked by.’
    • ‘Several well-dressed older women shot them disdainful looks before looking away, noses upturned.’
    • ‘It's all in that gaze, simultaneously serene and disdainful.’
    contemptuous, scornful, full of contempt, derisive, sneering, withering, slighting, disparaging, disrespectful, condescending, patronizing, supercilious, haughty, superior, arrogant, proud, snobbish, lordly, aloof, indifferent, dismissive
    mocking, jeering, insolent, insulting
    high and mighty, hoity-toity, sniffy, snotty, on one's high horse, uppish
    contumelious
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Pronunciation

disdainful

/dɪsˈdeɪnf(ə)l//dɪsˈdeɪnfʊl/