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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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  • His wandering and disdainful eyes glanced at the basket offered to the bride and bridegroom.

  • “That does honour to your penetration,” said the Spaniard, with a disdainful smile.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • Peter Blood was sold to Colonel Bishop—a disdainful buyer—for the ignominious sum of ten pounds.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • "No, no," put in Gaston, but his father stopped him with a disdainful gesture.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • "They are not crocodiles," returned Maza in a dry, disdainful tone, without raising his head.

    The Fourth Estate, vol.1 Armando Palacio Valds
  • She was by turns charitable or pitiless, benevolent or disdainful.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
British Dictionary definitions for disdainful


showing or feeling disdain
Derived Forms
disdainfully, adverb
disdainfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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