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Definition of "disdain" []

  • To regard or treat with haughty contempt; despise. See Synonyms at despise. (verb-transitive)
  • To consider or reject as beneath oneself. (verb-transitive)
  • A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disdain" in a sentence
  • "Regardless, Carville & his disdain is about to be out of a job .... woody"
  • "This disdain is a central part of their political philosophy and it is one of the key reasons you can legitimately characterize this administration as pseudo-fascist."
  • "The rhetoric of prejudicial disdain is meted out, on the one hand against the “hoity-toity”, and on the other against the “hoi poloi” -- against the “snob” with complex tastes and the “pleb” with simple tastes."