disdainful

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

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Other Words from disdainful

disdainfully \-fə-lē \ adverb
disdainfulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disdainful

Synonyms

haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), lofty, lordly, prideful, proud, superior

Antonyms

humble, lowly, modest

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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

Examples of disdainful in a Sentence

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

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Since Kim took power after his father's death more than six years ago, Chinese officials and experts have become increasingly disdainful of him for ignoring Beijing's entreaties to halt his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. Author: Steven Lee Myers, Jane Perlez, Anchorage Daily News, "Kim Jong Un met Xi Jinping in secret visit, China says," 28 Mar. 2018 His Feste is also sadly distant but never disdainful, as even disdain admits to emotional involvement. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's 'Twelfth Night': A hilarious tragedy on human frailty," 24 June 2018 His magnetizing voice finds a sweet spot between David Bazan's sweet, humble croon and Protomartyr singer Joe Casey's blasé, at times disdainful, tone. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Versio Curs hasn't played a show yet, but it's already one of Milwaukee's most exciting bands," 15 May 2018 Kavanaugh, at least in his public writings, is disdainful of an activist court. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Kavanaugh may not completely gut Obamacare if he makes it to the Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 That doesn’t mean Katz is disdainful of the live theater experience. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car," 9 July 2018 The government's intervention to ensure that my daughter is not living or working with too many people like herself seems, if not outright discriminatory, at least disdainful of the value of developmentally disabled individuals. Sylvia Worden, latimes.com, "There are some wonderful homes for the developmentally disabled, but the ‘waiting’ lists are long," 14 May 2018 Gentrifiers on television are typically portrayed as one disdainful type: the clueless young white man. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Dateline,’ With Meek Mill, and ‘Vida’," 6 May 2018 The Germans were pragmatic, and the British were measured, and the French were disdainful. Fox News, "Preparations for a Trump-Kim summit getting back on track," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of disdainful

circa 1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disdainful

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