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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disdainful


abhorrent, contemptuous, scornful


admiring, applauding, appreciative, approving

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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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Never mind that Putin presides over a regime rife with corruption, willing to murder opponents, and disdainful of moral values. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: How President Trump got trolled by Russian President Putin," 1 July 2019 These men also tend to be lonely and disdainful of others. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Studies Show Boys Who Are Close to Their Mothers Do Better, Physically and Psychologically," 30 Apr. 2019 Some of Trump’s other cabinet picks were openly disdainful of their agencies. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 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

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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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