Definitions for: Disdain


[n] a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
[n] lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
[v] reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
[v] 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*dain" (?; 277), n. [OE. desdain, disdein, OF.
desdein, desdaing, F. d['e]dain, fr. the verb. See Disdain,
v. t.]
1. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything
as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn.

How my soul is moved with just disdain! --Pope.

Note: Often implying an idea of haughtiness.

Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes.
--Shak.

2. That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with
contempt and aversion. [Obs.]

Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile
disdain. --Spenser.

3. The state of being despised; shame. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Haughtiness; scorn; contempt; arrogance; pride. See
Haughtiness.


Dis*dain" (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disdained;
p. pr. & vb. n. Disdaining.] [OE. disdainen, desdainen, OF.
desdeigner, desdaigner, F. d['e]daigner; des- (L. dis-) +
daigner to deign, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy. See
Deign.]
1. To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as,
to disdain to do a mean act.

Disdaining . . . that any should bear the armor of
the best knight living. --Sir P.
Sidney.

2. 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.

When the Philistine . . . saw Dawid, he disdained
him; for he was but a youth. --1 Sam. xvii.
42.

'T is great, 't manly to disdain disguise. --Young.

Syn: To contemn; despise; scorn. See Contemn.


Dis*dain", v. i.
To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be
haughty.

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the marvels
that he did . . . they disdained. --Genevan
Testament
(Matt. xxi.
15).

Synonyms: condescension, contemn, contempt, despise, despite, freeze off, patronage, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, scorn, scorn, spurn, turn down

See Also: brush off, depreciation, derogation, detest, dislike, disparagement, hate, rebuff, repel, snub

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