Definition of disdain in English:

disdain

Syllabification: dis·dain
Pronunciation: /disˈdān
 
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noun

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 labor
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  • 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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verb

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1Consider to be unworthy of one’s consideration: gamblers disdain four-horse races
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  • 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.’
Synonyms
scorn, deride, pour scorn on, regard with contempt, sneer at, sniff at, curl one's lip at, look down one's nose at, look down on;
informal turn up one's nose at, pooh-pooh
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 further
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  • 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.
Synonyms
spurn, reject, refuse, rebuff, disregard, ignore, snub;
decline, turn down, brush aside

Origin

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

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