Disdain Definition

disdained, disdaining, disdains
disdained, disdaining, disdains
To regard or treat as unworthy or beneath one's dignity; specif., to refuse or reject with aloof contempt or scorn.
Webster's New World
To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath oneself.
Disdained receiving an award from the organization; disdained to attend the ceremony.
American Heritage

To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.

The feeling, attitude, or expression of disdaining; aloof contempt or scorn.
Webster's New World

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

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