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1 lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary" [syn: contempt, scorn, despite]
2 a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient [syn: condescension, patronage]


1 look down on with disdain; "He despises the people he has to work for"; "The professor scorns the students who don't catch on immediately" [syn: contemn, despise, scorn]
2 reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, turn down]

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From desdeignier (modern: dédaigner).


  • /dɪsˈdeɪn/
  • /dIs"deIn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn


  1. A feeling of contempt or scorn.


Derived terms


  1. To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.



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Extensive Definition

wikt disdain Disdain (or disdainment or disdainfully) is a feeling of contempt or scorn.
Disdain may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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