- 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.
Origin: Middle English disdeinen ; from Old French desdaignier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form disdignare, for Late Latin dedignare ; from Classical Latin dedignari ; from dis-, dis- plush dignari: see deign
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transitive verb dis·dained, dis·dain·ing, dis·dains
- To regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise.
- To consider or reject as beneath oneself.
Origin: Middle 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).