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 disdainfully (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 The mask-less people at Kroger wore one of two looks: Sheepish or disdainful. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic won't work unless we're all in.," 19 Apr. 2020 Their often-futile efforts, equally disdainful toward pushers and users, divide the small town into factions. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Guilt and revenge limit the options for solving ‘Shooting Heroin’s’ opioid crisis," 3 Apr. 2020 Self-regard—often driven by insecurity or a sense of past grievance—is inflated into feelings that are disdainful of others. Madeleine Albright, Time, "Madeleine Albright: Coronavirus Should Be a Wake-Up Call for World Leaders to Work Together," 20 Mar. 2020 Idina Menzel made a befuddled and slightly disdainful face. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Eminem’s Unexpected Cameo at the 2020 Oscars," 10 Feb. 2020 In any case, Messrs. Kruse and Zelizer miss perhaps the most relevant fault line of our time: the line between disdainful elites who equate reality with their own interpretations and everybody else. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘Fault Lines’ Review: How Did We Get Here?," 13 Jan. 2019 Wallace’s most disdainful observations reduce even a few of his better friends to the sort of schematic creations that appear under his microscope. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "“Real Life” Is a New Kind of Campus Novel," 19 Feb. 2020 Grant had often been depicted in either laudatory or disdainful terms — as a brilliant military tactician or as a drunken boor who was a failure at everything except war. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "William McFeely, author of Pulitzer-winning biography of U.S. Grant, dies at 89," 20 Dec. 2019 So Carew signed with the Angels and the Yankees maintained their imperious and often disdainful view of the Twins as backwater tightwads who didn't sufficiently appreciate the privilege of playing against the Yankees, much less for them. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "The Curse of Bunned Meat and Breadsticks: Why the Twins Can't Beat the Yankees," 20 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of disdainful was circa 1542

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29 May 2020

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“Disdainful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disdainful. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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