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Dictionary Definition

disdainful adj
1 expressing extreme contempt [syn: contemptuous, insulting, scornful]
2 having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; "some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"; "haughty aristocrats"; "his lordly manners were offensive"; "walked with a prideful swagger"; "very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"; "his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"; "shaggy supercilious camels"; "a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer [syn: haughty, lordly, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering]

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From disdain + -ful


  • a UK /dɪsˈdeɪn.fʌl/ /dIs"deIn.fVl/


  1. Showing contempt or scorn. Having a pronounced lack of concern for others viewed as unworthy.
    He was disdainful of those he thought of as the little people. He openly sneered at them. They mocked him behind his back.
    She glimpsed at the people whom she had left behind, and smirked in the most disdainful manner towards them.

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Extensive Definition

wikt disdain Disdain (or disdainment or disdainfully) is a feeling of contempt or scorn.
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