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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.

  • Elizabeth looked at him disdainfully and drew her dress close around her.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • Her head was high, and she met every glance steadily and disdainfully.

    The Book of All-Power Edgar Wallace
  • She disdainfully refused his proffer of assistance and mounted the pony.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • After a few moments she picked it up again and tasted it disdainfully.

    The Danger Mark Robert W. Chambers
  • “I thought that I might find men among you,” she disdainfully said—a break in her voice.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • They all think in Haworth that I have disdainfully refused him.

    Charlotte Bront T. Wemyss Reid
  • "His boots are cowhide," said Mr. Lawrence Peabody disdainfully.

    The Young Adventurer Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for disdainfully


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