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Definitions of disdain

  1. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
  2. look down on with disdain; " He despises the people he has to work for"; " The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately"
  3. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; " he was held in contempt"; " the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
  4. reject with contempt; " She spurned his advances"
  5. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn.
  6. That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion.
  7. The state of being despised; shame.
  8. To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act.
  9. To reject as unworthy of one's self, or as not deserving one's notice; to look with scorn upon; to scorn, as base acts, character, etc.
  10. To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty.
  11. Contempt; haughty or indignant Discus Thrower scorn.
  12. To think unworthy: to reject as unworthy or unsuitable: to scorn.
  13. A feeling of scorn or aversion: haughtiness.
  14. Scorn; haughtiness.
  15. To scorn.
  16. To regard with proud indifference; despise.
  17. Proud contempt.
  18. Scorn of a person or a thing, as regarded beneath one or beneath what one honours; contempt.
  19. To consider to be unworthy of one either to do or to regard; to scorn.
  20. To deem worthless; to consider to be inworthy of notice, & c.; to scorn; to contemn.
  21. Contempt; scorn; detestation of what is mean and dishonourable.
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Usage examples for disdain

  1. Since they act as village priests, it may perhaps be concluded that the Bhatras like the Parjas are older residents of Bastar than the bulk of the Gonds, and they have become the household servants of the Hindu immigrants, which the Gonds would probably disdain to do. – The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India Volume II by R. V. Russell
  2. Disdain prevented any further notice of her. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. But I, Master, I, a poor king, who pray to you, do you disdain to make me whole also, and to save me as you would have saved him? – Flemish Legends by Charles de Coster
  4. Did not the cook of a certain college disdain to enter his son at the college for which he cooked, and send him to Christ Church? – Oxford by Frederick Douglas How
  5. Very slowly she raised her eyes, and returned my glance with a look of cold disdain. – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  6. Mendoza shrugged his shoulders, at the same time pressing his lips into a sign of disdain. – Maximina by Armando Palacio Valdés
  7. It was politely spoken, yet there was, or seemed to be, in the man's manner a slight indifference, and even disdain, which would not have been there in addressing a successful, not a broken, gambler. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  8. Judith held her off at arm's length, and looked down at her with eyes full of anger and disdain. – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
  9. And why so much disdain? – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  10. This anger, which succeeded such deep grief- this outburst of disdain, following such abject humility- considerably astonished M. Wilkie. – Baron Trigault's Vengeance Volume 2 (of 2) by Emile Gaboriau
  11. There was even the rough trooper's disdain, which had been in his expression when first he saw her, but which she had not noticed at the time. – The Missourian by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  12. Lady Blythe stared at her in wide- eyed disdain. – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  13. However, he corrected himself with a gleam of disdain in his clear, harsh eyes: " After all, there's no telling. – The Three Cities Trilogy: Paris, Vol. 2 by Emile Zola
  14. " I don't care for breloques," she said, with disdain, " and I don't want to see them, I tell you." – My Little Lady by Eleanor Frances Poynter
  15. You are smiling at that, I know; but it is true, Lady Disdain. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  16. If it had been an open quarrel between us, I could have stood his fire and shown him how thoroughly I knew myself in the wrong; but his cold disdain is more than I can bear. – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  17. George repeated in accents of terrible disdain, as though the good that it would have done was obvious to the lowest intelligence. – The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories by Arnold Bennett
  18. One was a disdain for the quarrels of women. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. Too much the earl in his disdain to that ill folk gave heed. – Our Catholic Heritage in English Literature of Pre-Conquest Days by Emily Hickey
  20. Was it that disdain which comes from conquest not important enough to satisfy ambition? – When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 15, 2009
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