Definition of disdainful in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈdānfəl/


Showing contempt or lack of respect: with a last disdainful look, she turned toward the door
More example sentences
  • They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.
  • The simple words oozed with disdainful contempt that seemed to pass unnoticed.
  • He held his head stiffly with his nose angled upward and his lips pursed with a superior, disdainful expression.
contemptuous, scornful, derisive, sneering, withering, slighting, disparaging, disrespectful, condescending, patronizing, supercilious, haughty, superior, arrogant, proud, snobbish, lordly, aloof, indifferent, dismissive
informal high and mighty, hoity-toity, sniffy, snotty
archaic contumelious



Pronunciation: /disˈdānfəlē/
Example sentences
  • People had begun to frown disdainfully in my direction and the distance between us widened.
  • Who would have ever guessed that she could treat him so disdainfully?
  • Howard disdainfully and proudly refuses, tearing the thing from his face.


Example sentences
  • Exasperation can be heard, adding to the disdainfulness of the air.
  • There's an implicit disdainfulness about connecting with noneconomists on any terms other than our own.
  • Regardless of the disdainfulness of Hollywood and it's torments… she always kept that beautiful smile.

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Syllabification: dis·dain·ful

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