disdainful

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adjective dis·dain·ful \-fəl\

Definition of disdainful

  1. :  full of or expressing contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior :  full of or expressing scorn or disdain <a disdainful glare> <is disdainful of all modern art>

disdainfully

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disdainfulness

noun

Examples of disdainful in a sentence

  1. He looked at the waiter with a disdainful glare.

  2. a disdainful attitude toward authority

Origin and Etymology of disdainful

see 2disdain


First Known Use: 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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