Disdain meaning

dĭs-dān
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.

noun
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To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath oneself.

Disdained receiving an award from the organization; disdained to attend the ceremony.

verb
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A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn.
noun
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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.

verb
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To regard or treat with haughty contempt.

Critics who disdained the writer as a hack.

verb
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To regard or treat as unworthy or beneath one's dignity; specif., to refuse or reject with aloof contempt or scorn.
verb
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The feeling, attitude, or expression of disdaining; aloof contempt or scorn.
noun
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(uncountable) A feeling of contempt or scorn.

The cat viewed the cheap supermarket catfood with disdain and stalked away.

noun
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To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.
verb
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Origin of disdain

  • Middle English disdeinen from Old French desdeignier from Vulgar Latin disdignāre from Latin dēdignārī dē- de- dignārī to deem worthy (from dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French desdeignier (modern French dédaigner).

    From Wiktionary