dis·​dain·​ful | \ dis-ˈdān-fəl How to pronounce disdainful (audio) \

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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disdainfully \ dis-​ˈdān-​fə-​lē How to pronounce disdainful (audio) \ adverb
disdainfulness noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Twitter is advancing this position so that a disdainful hypocrite will be forced to buy it. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 13 July 2022 When Howie falls for Charlie (James Scully), the cute doctor comes as a package deal with the disdainful Cooper (Nick Adams) and aloof Will (Conrad Ricamora), who strikes an instant love-hate sizzle with Noah. Justin J Wee, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 Thanks to redistricting Axne’s district saw an influx of more than 5,000 Republican voters, mostly rural, that are likely to be disdainful of her voting record and relationship with Biden. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 8 June 2022 After Eskic’s post, Alessandro Rigolon, an assistant U. professor of city and metropolitan planning, noted that the roster of Yalecrest panelists did not include any planners — which Hemming said in her complaints was mocking and disdainful. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 Scenes between Mitchell and the disdainful Admiral Simpson (Jon Hamm) are culturally enlightening — boyish Cruise is a star; five-o’clock-shadow Hamm, from Mad Men, is TV trite. Armond White, National Review, 27 May 2022 Among disabled people this often manifests when higher-status, more privileged disabled people are unduly skeptical or disdainful of other disabled people’s claims of discrimination or systemic oppression. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The younger mover, Jan (Flurin Giger), who turns out to be the story’s unlikely Casanova, can’t keep himself from gazing enrapt at a seemingly disdainful Mara. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 Every resigned gesture and every disdainful line reading is just right. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disdainful

circa 1542, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disdainful

see disdain entry 2

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“Disdainful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disdainful. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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