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[dis-deyn-fuh l, dih-steyn-] /dɪsˈdeɪn fəl, dɪˈsteɪn-/
full of or showing disdain; scornful.
Origin of disdainful
1535-45; disdain + -ful
Related forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
contemptuous, haughty, contumelious. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disdainful
  • Martin isn't a very likable character—he's peevish, disdainful and annoyingly self-important.
  • When they have no explanation to offer, they give short dignified replies, disdainful of the ignorance of the multitude.
  • These tend to be disdainful of the pro-democracy camp.
  • Flanagan is particularly disdainful of feminists who "imposed" a narrative of oppression on women.
  • She repeated her explanation impatiently, something disdainful and sinister in her metallic little voice.
  • Their expressions range from uninterested to disdainful.
  • She has the air of blank disdainful amusement a cat gets when toying with a mouse.
  • He is culturally insensitive—disdainful of and completely ignorant about the language, customs, and mores of his workers.
  • Thy name offends his proud, disdainful ears.
  • When he does get out, it is to perform activities that are sure to upset people and bring a disdainful smirk to his face.
British Dictionary definitions for disdainful


showing or feeling disdain
Derived Forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
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