disdainful

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adjective dis·dain·ful \ -fəl \

Definition of disdainful

: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

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Origin and Etymology of disdainful

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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