From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdisdaindis‧dain1 /dɪsˈdeɪn/ noun [uncountable] formal REJECT/NOT ACCEPTa complete lack of respect that you show for someone or something because you think they are not important or good enoughwith disdain She watched me with disdain. a look of complete disdaindisdain for his disdain for capitalism
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disdainCommunist disdain for the environment made matters worse.The most obvious: His expressed concern for the environment and his disdain for technology.Now the carbon-dioxide snow gleamed white beneath the icy disdain of the stars.They remained aloof from the front row out of disdain and from the back row out of a sense of responsibility.Predictably, the international media circus, with its Olympian disdain for the parochial, has long since moved on.The Shah had sometimes shown disdain for many such people.His father noticed them too but regarded them with disdain.disdain forThey expressed disdain for Western pop culture.
disdaindisdain2 verb formal 1 [transitive]REJECT/NOT ACCEPT to have no respect for someone or something, because you think they are not important or good enough Childcare was seen as women’s work, and men disdained it.2 disdain to do something→ See Verb table
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disdainBut such simple fare he knew full well would be disdained.I could see her proudly carrying on her head an amphora to a well and disdaining all admirers.From boyhood he disdained an easy life.He disdains New York and the art that is produced there.In fact, Roy disdains the cowardice of anyone who plays the easier shot.Along with his peers on the Board, Stark disdained them.I disdained to consult a medical dictionary, however.Even the casual Aranyos did not disdain to make the sign.Throughout the Mekong delta, local officials who disdained Tu Duc nevertheless quit the provincial administration rather than submit to alien rule.
Origin disdain2 (1300-1400) Old French desdeignier, from deignier; DEIGN