What does disdain mean?

Definitions for disdain
dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪndis·dain

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disdain.

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.

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. Brian Schatz:

    I sense a certain disdain for diplomacy in Mike Pompeo that I believe disqualifies him from being our next senior diplomat.

  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. Donald Trump:

    Media disdain is a badge of honor for Trump and his supporters, so this latest bout of criticism from the press won't hurt him.

  4. Edmund Burke:

    The wise determine from the gravity of the case the irritable, from sensibility to oppression the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.

  5. Tony Perkins:

    They believe that people who want to live by their faith are backwater people, hillary and her team hold evangelicals in disdain.

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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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