Disdain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪsˈdeɪn|  American pronunciation of the word disdain
Brit.  |dɪsˈdeɪn|  British pronunciation of the word disdain


- lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike (syn: contempt, despite, scorn)
- a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient (syn: condescension, patronage)


- look down on with disdain (syn: contemn, despise, scorn)
- reject with contempt (syn: pooh- pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down)


He regarded their proposal with disdain.

I have a healthy disdain for companies that mistreat their workers.

They disdained him for being weak.

She disdained to answer their questions.

I disdain your sneer.

She watched me with disdain.

Childcare was seen as women's work, and men disdained it.

No one is better than Didion at using flatness of affect and formality of diction to convey seething anger and disdain.

He rejected their offer with a tone of haughty disdain.

He regarded his neighbors with lordly disdain.

a lordly disdain for the common man

the face was saturnine and swarthy, and the sensual lips...twisted with disdain

Word forms

I/you/we/they: disdain
he/she/it: disdains
present participle: disdaining
past tense: disdained
past participle: disdained
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