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disdain

[dis-deyn, dih-steyn] /dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
2.
to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself:
to disdain replying to an insult.
noun
3.
a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
1. contemn, spurn. 3. haughtiness, arrogance. See contempt.
Antonyms
1. accept. 3. admiration.
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British Dictionary definitions for disdain

disdain

/dɪsˈdeɪn/
noun
1.
a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
verb
2.
(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
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Word Origin and History for disdain
v.

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.

n.

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.

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