Know how to use "fewer" and "less"? Find out.


[dis-deyn, dih-steyn] /dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪn/
verb (used with object)
to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself:
to disdain replying to an insult.
a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
1300-50; (v.) Middle English disdainen < Anglo-French de(s)deigner (see dis-1, deign); (noun) Middle English disdeyn < Anglo-French desdai(g)n, derivative of the verb
Related forms
self-disdain, noun
undisdaining, adjective
1. contemn, spurn. 3. haughtiness, arrogance. See contempt.
1. accept. 3. admiration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for disdained
  • But they are disdained by the majority of moderate professors.
  • What is now disdained as pseudoscientific racism was once widely accepted.
  • Michelle, who had once disdained politics, became a formidable presence in her husband's campaign.
  • Retail customers, once disdained, are being courted.
  • And he disdained the tricks of the modern politician's trade.
  • He disdained the fastidious and perfectionist alignment of postures that some of his rivals practised in chilly yoga studios.
  • We disdained the market research our publishers commissioned, telling ourselves that readers didn't know what they wanted.
  • And he disdained them because they were usually so unlike him.
  • Here belongs also the detail that no one will help her up, which she herself interprets as being disdained.
  • But though she disdained her true gift, she was peculiarly suited by nature to be what in fact she was.
British Dictionary definitions for disdained


a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
(transitive; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
Word Origin
C13 dedeyne, from Old French desdeign, from desdeigner to reject as unworthy, from Latin dēdignārī; see dis-1, deign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disdained



late 14c., from Old French desdeignier "disdain, scorn, refuse, repudiate," from des- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + deignier "treat as worthy" (see deign). Related: Disdained; disdaining.


mid-14c., desdegne "scorn, contempt," earlier dedeyne "offended dignity" (c.1300), from Old French desdeigne, from desdeignier (see disdain (v.)). Sometimes in early Modern English shortened to sdain, sdainful. Related: disdainful; disdainfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for disdain

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for disdained

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with disdained