- The definition of disdain is the act of refusing something because it is beneath you.
An example of disdain is the feeling someone had about wearing clothes from the donation bin.
- Disdain is defined as to reject or refuse something with contempt.
An example of disdain is a cat refusing to eat a new type of food.
Her expression is one of disdain.
Origin of disdainMiddle English disdeinen ; from Old French desdaignier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form disdignare, for Late Latin dedignare ; from Classical Latin dedignari ; from dis-, dis- + dignari: see deign
transitive verbdis·dained, dis·dain·ing, dis·dains
- To regard or treat with haughty contempt: critics who disdained the writer as a hack. See Synonyms at despise.
- To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath oneself: disdained receiving an award from the organization; disdained to attend the ceremony.
Origin of disdainMiddle English disdeinen, from Old French desdeignier, from Vulgar Latin *disdignāre, from Latin dēdignārī : dē-, de- + dignārī, to deem worthy (from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present disdains, present participle disdaining, simple past and past participle disdained)
From Old French desdeignier (modern French dédaigner).