- The feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect; contempt: her upper lip curled in disdain an aristocratic disdain for manual laborMore example sentences
- Certainly, she's arrogant and her disdain for them is palpable.
- He spoke with such fondness of the tuna melt, that despite my disdain for tinned tuna, I felt compelled to try one.
- Despite his disdain for much about the town at the time, the rector was optimistic about the future.
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- 1Consider to be unworthy of one’s consideration: gamblers disdain four-horse racesMore example sentences
- Dismissed by the press, disdained by opponents, Cassius Clay kept on winning.
- Aside from mushrooms, fungi are widely disdained by the agriculture industry.
- Although accustomed to supporting others through their physical pain, Sam disdains emotional intimacy ‘because it hurts.’
- 1.1Refuse or reject (something) out of feelings of pride or superiority: she remained standing, pointedly disdaining his invitation to sit down [with infinitive]: he disdained to discuss the matter furtherMore example sentences
- Snape was sitting at the desk, but he disdained to even so much as lay a finger on the keypad.
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French desdeign (noun), desdeignier (verb), based on Latin dedignari, from de- (expressing reversal) + dignari 'consider worthy' (from dignus 'worthy').