[ US /dɪsˈdeɪn/ ]
[ UK /dɪsdˈe‍ɪn/ ]
  1. 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
  2. reject with contempt
    She spurned his advances
  1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary
    he was held in contempt
  2. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
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How To Use disdain In A Sentence

  • In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally. Times, Sunday Times
  • The Kennedy partisans are quite a tongue-tied bunch, all of them struggling gamely, if inarticulately, to somehow dismiss or disdain or circumlocute what is, apparently, the main focus of the film. The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com
  • Then the pleasant little surprises of all kinds that we imagined; and the pleasant looks that greet us when we condescend to accept them; the patience that can translate our most unwarrantable "crossness", because there has been some trifling difficulty in obtaining the half of a star or the corner of a moon which it had pleased us to require, into "such a good sign of being really better"; and then our appetite (which the gods know is at that season singularly keen), how is it not tempted with unutterable dainties and friande morsels, all sorts of amateur cookery in our behalf, where Love himself has not disdained to turn the spit, and look into the stewpan! and all served up so gracefully on the small tray, covered with its delicate white damask cloth, arraying with more than mortal charms the moulds of crystal jelly and pure-looking blanc mange! Zoe: The History of Two Lives
  • He is highly disdainful of anything to do with the literary establishment.
  • Also, I know you disdain catfish, but there's certainly a subset of guys who are hard-core and pretty cultish about catching monster blues and flatheads. Which Fishing Cult is the Most Insane?
  • I'm don't feel the need to obstreperously express disdain for all sports.
  • Despite his disdain for much about the town at the time, the rector was optimistic about the future.
  • As Valentine's Day approaches each year he stoutly proclaims his disdain for this "faux holiday, this commercial invention by some ad man or company created for the sake of making a few bucks, selling silly, heart-shaped cards, bouquets and chocolates. Jamie Schler: Valentine's Day Flourless Chocolate Truffle Torte
  • The woman strode past him with a disdainful sneer and entering the temple, glanced about.
  • During the first twenty minutes or so, I wasn't sure I would make it through the entire movie -- it was, I thought, similar in style to a kind of movie I find unbearable: a style based on long handheld shots, a soundtrack that contains little or no music and lots of environmental sounds characters breathing, eating, walking, and a general attitude that seems to fetishize "artlessness", though offers little to replace the art it so disdains. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
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