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]
EtymologyFrom disdain + -ful
- a UK /dɪsˈdeɪn.fʌl/ /dIs"deIn.fVl/
- 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.
- He was disdainful of those he thought of as the little people. He openly sneered at them. They mocked him behind his back.
Disdain may also refer to:
abjuratory, arrogant, audacious, bold, brash, brassy, brazen, bumptious, cavalier, challenging, cheeky, clannish, cliquish, cocky, cold, contemptuous, contumelious, cool, daring, declinatory, defiant, defying, derisive, despising, dismissive, disregardful, exclusive, familiar, forward, greatly daring, haughty, high and mighty, highfalutin, hoity-toity, hubristic, impertinent, impudent, insolent, insulting, jeering, lordly, mocking, obtrusive, overpresumptuous, overweening, pert, pompous, presuming, presumptuous, prideful, procacious, proud, pushy, regal, regardless of consequences, rejective, renunciative, saucy, scornful, sneering, sniffy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, stuck-up, supercilious, superior, toploftical, toplofty, uppish, uppity, withering