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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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  • "Oh, we do not fear them," the hunter replied, disdainfully.

  • The locksmith glanced at him disdainfully, but returned no other answer.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Her head was high, and she met every glance steadily and disdainfully.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • "We have met before, I think, Monsieur," she said disdainfully.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • After a few moments she picked it up again and tasted it disdainfully.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • "He need fear nothing without that word," said Ruth disdainfully.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • They all think in Haworth that I have disdainfully refused him.

    Charlotte Bront T. Wemyss Reid
  • The girl stood erect, disdainfully looking him full in the face.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for disdainfully


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