What does disdain mean?

Definitions for disdain
dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪndis·dain

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despitenoun

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

  2. condescension, disdain, patronageverb

    a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

  3. contemn, despise, scorn, disdainverb

    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"

  4. reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn downverb

    reject with contempt

    "She spurned his advances"


  1. disdainnoun

    A feeling of contempt or scorn.

    The cat viewed the cheap supermarket catfood with disdain and stalked away.

  2. disdainverb

    To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.

  3. disdainverb

    To be indignant or offended.

  4. Etymology: From desdeignier (modern French dédaigner).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disdainnoun

    Contempt; scorn; contemptuous anger; indignation.

    Etymology: sdegno, Ital.

    Children being haughty, through disdain and want of nurture, do stain the nobility of their kindred. Ecclus. xxii. 10.

    But against you, ye Greeks, ye coward train,
    Gods! how my soul is mov’d with just disdain! Alexander Pope, Od.

  2. To DISDAINverb

    To scorn; to consider as unworthy of one’s character.

    Etymology: dêdaigner, French.

    There is nothing so great, which I will fear to do for you; nor nothing so small, which I will disdain to do for you. Philip Sidney.

    They do disdain us much beyond our thoughts,
    Which makes me sweat with wrath. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    What safe and nicely I might well delay
    By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Tell him, Cato
    Disdains a life which he has power to offer. Joseph Addison, Cato.


  1. disdain

    Contempt is a pattern of attitudes and behaviour, often towards an individual or a group, but sometimes towards an ideology, which has the characteristics of disgust and anger.The word originated in 1393 in Old French contempt, contemps, from the Latin word contemptus meaning "scorn". It is the past participle of contemnere and from con- intensive prefix + temnere "to slight, scorn". Contemptuous appeared in 1529.It is classified among Paul Ekman's seven basic emotions of contempt, anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. Robert C. Solomon places contempt on the same continuum as resentment and anger, and he argues that the differences between the three are that resentment is anger directed towards a higher-status individual; anger is directed towards an equal-status individual; and contempt is anger directed towards a lower-status individual.


  1. disdain

    Disdain is a feeling or expression of contempt or dislike for someone or something considered unworthy of respect, attention, or importance. It can also refer to the act of rejecting or refusing something with scorn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disdainverb

    a feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn

  2. Disdainverb

    that which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion

  3. Disdainverb

    the state of being despised; shame

  4. Disdainverb

    to think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act

  5. Disdainverb

    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

  6. Disdainverb

    to be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disdain

    dis-dān′, v.t. to think unworthy: to reject as unsuitable: to scorn.—n. a feeling of scorn or aversion: haughtiness.—adjs. Disdained′ (Shak.), disdainful; Disdain′ful.—adv. Disdain′fully.—n. Disdain′fulness. [O. Fr. desdaigner—L. dedignāri, de, dis, neg., and dignus, worthy.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disdain in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disdain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of disdain in a Sentence

  1. Bob Costas:

    The IOC deserves all of the disdain and disgust that comes their way for going back to China yet again.

  2. The American stand-up comedienne:

    Definitely whatever you think of it, it's a conversation. You walk out of there talking to your friends about mental illness, about depression, about what deserves empathy, what deserves sympathy, you might walk away having nothing but disdain for this woman. People have harder childhoods than she had and persevere through them with aplomb but it's not a competition. (For) this woman, life is hard for her.

  3. Joao Doria:

    President Jair Bolsonaro reveals, once again, President Jair Bolsonaro disdain for democracy, on top of that, President Jair Bolsonaro's encouraging the people from President Jair Bolsonaro country to disobey health and medicine.

  4. Laura Bush:

    There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home, but in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.

  5. Fran Lebowitz:

    The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive-you are leaking.

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  • ازدراءArabic
  • презрение, пренебрежение, презирамBulgarian
  • pohrdání, despekt, opovrženíCzech
  • foragt, despektDanish
  • verachten, Geringschätzung, Verachtung, Missachtung, verschmähenGerman
  • desdén, desprecio, desdeñar, despreciarSpanish
  • halveksunta, väheksyntä, halveksuaFinnish
  • mépriser, mépris, dédaigner, dédainFrench
  • dìmeas, tàireScottish Gaelic
  • בוזHebrew
  • तिरस्कारHindi
  • արհամարհել, քամահրանք, գոռոզություն, արհամարհանք, քամահրելArmenian
  • sprezzare, sdegnare, sdegno, spregiare, disprezzo, disdegnoItalian
  • 蔑視, 見くびる, 侮る, 軽蔑, 侮蔑Japanese
  • whakatoaMāori
  • versmaden, ongenoegen, minachten, verachtingDutch
  • foraktNorwegian Nynorsk
  • forakt, forakteNorwegian
  • gardzić, pogardaPolish
  • desdenhar, desprezar, desprezo, desdémPortuguese
  • dispreț, desconsiderareRomanian
  • презирать, презреть, пренебрежение, презрениеRussian
  • пријезир, prijezir, презир, prezirSerbo-Croatian
  • förakta, föraktSwedish
  • அலட்சியம்Tamil
  • ดูถูกThai
  • 不屑Chinese

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