The definition of disdainful is rejecting something with contempt or because it is beneath you.
An example of someone who is disdainful is a person saying they dislike someone just because of their religion.
Expressive of disdain; scornful and contemptuous. See Synonyms at arrogant.
(comparative more disdainful, superlative most disdainful)
- Showing contempt or scorn; having a pronounced lack of concern for others viewed as unworthy.
- He was disdainful of those he thought of as the little people. He openly sneered at them. They mocked him behind his back.
- She glimpsed at the people whom she had left behind, and smirked in the most disdainful manner towards them.
From disdain + -ful.
- In fact, he says, "It had left me somewhat disdainful of the process."
- His friends speak of his charm and gaiety in intimate intercourse, but among strangers he was silent and awkward, and produced the impression of being reserved and disdainful.
- The story of her love for the disdainful Phaon, and her leap into the sea from the Leucadian promontory, together with that of her flight from Mytilene to Sicily, has no confirmation; we are not even told whether she died of the leap or not.
- Disdainful of the intrigues of his rival Rattazzi, he found himself obliged in 1862 to resign office, but returned to power in 1866.
- His philosophical treatises abound with incoherent formulae to which, according to their inventor, every demonstration in every science may be reduced, and posterity has ratified Bacon's disdainful verdict on Lull's pretensions as a thinker; still the fact that he broke away from the scholastic system has recommended him to the historians of philosophy, and the subtle ingenuity of his dialectic has compelled the admiration of men so far apart in opinion as Giordano Bruno and Leibniz.