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Meaning of DISDAIN

Pronunciation:  dis'deyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
  2. [n]  lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
  3. [v]  reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances"
  4. [v]  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"

DISDAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: condescension, contemn, contempt, despise, despite, freeze off, patronage, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, scorn, scorn, spurn, turn down
 See Also: brush off, depreciation, derogation, detest, dislike, disparagement, hate, rebuff, repel, snub



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*dain"\ (?; 277), n. [OE. desdain, disdein, OF.
    desdein, desdaing, F. d['e]dain, fr. the verb. See {Disdain},
    v. t.]
    1. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything
       as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn.
             How my soul is moved with just disdain! --Pope.
    Note: Often implying an idea of haughtiness.
                Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes.
    2. That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with
       contempt and aversion. [Obs.]
             Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile
             disdain.                              --Spenser.
    3. The state of being despised; shame. [Obs.] --Shak.
    Syn: Haughtiness; scorn; contempt; arrogance; pride. See
  2. \Dis*dain"\ (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disdained};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Disdaining}.] [OE. disdainen, desdainen, OF.
    desdeigner, desdaigner, F. d['e]daigner; des- (L. dis-) +
    daigner to deign, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy. See
    1. To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as,
       to disdain to do a mean act.
             Disdaining . . . that any should bear the armor of
             the best knight living.               --Sir P.
    2. 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.
             When the Philistine . . . saw Dawid, he disdained
             him; for he was but a youth.          --1 Sam. xvii.
             'T is great, 't manly to disdain disguise. --Young.
    Syn: To contemn; despise; scorn. See {Contemn}.
  3. \Dis*dain"\, v. i.
    To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be
          And when the chief priests and scribes saw the marvels
          that he did . . . they disdained.        --Genevan
                                                   (Matt. xxi.
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