[dis-deyn, dih-steyn]
verb (used with object)
to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself: to disdain replying to an insult.
a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.

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

self-disdain, noun
undisdaining, adjective

1. contemn, spurn. 3. haughtiness, arrogance. See contempt.

1. accept. 3. admiration.
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disdain (dɪsˈdeɪn)
1.  a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
2.  (tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
[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 & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. desdeignier, from des- "do the opposite of" + deignier "treat as worthy" (see deign). Related: Disdained; disdainful; disdainfully; disdaining.
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Yet as finance minister he earned plaudits for listening to sharp minds in the bureaucracy rather than disdaining them.
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