Definition of disdainful in English:



  • Showing contempt or lack of respect.

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