adjective dis·dain·ful \-fəl\

: felling strong dislike or disapproval for something or someone you think does not deserve respect : feeling or showing disdain

Full Definition of DISDAINFUL

:  full of or expressing disdain
dis·dain·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
dis·dain·ful·ness noun

Examples of DISDAINFUL

  1. He looked at the waiter with a disdainful glare.
  2. a disdainful attitude toward authority

First Known Use of DISDAINFUL

circa 1542

Synonym Discussion of DISDAINFUL

proud, arrogant, haughty, lordly, insolent, overbearing, supercilious, disdainful mean showing scorn for inferiors. proud may suggest an assumed superiority or loftiness <too proud to take charity>. arrogant implies a claiming for oneself of more consideration or importance than is warranted <a conceited and arrogant executive>. haughty suggests a consciousness of superior birth or position <a haughty aristocrat>. lordly implies pomposity or an arrogant display of power <a lordly condescension>. insolent implies contemptuous haughtiness <ignored by an insolent waiter>. overbearing suggests a tyrannical manner or an intolerable insolence <an overbearing supervisor>. supercilious implies a cool, patronizing haughtiness <an aloof and supercilious manner>. disdainful suggests a more active and openly scornful superciliousness <disdainful of their social inferiors>.


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