An example of disdain is the feeling someone had about wearing clothes from the donation bin.
Disdained receiving an award from the organization; disdained to attend the ceremony.
An example of disdain is a cat refusing to eat a new type of food.
Critics who disdained the writer as a hack.
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).