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Synonyms for disdain
dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪndis·dain

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Wiktionary3.0 / 2 votes

  1. disdainnoun

    scorn, condescension, contempt, contemn

  2. disdainverb

    To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.

    The cat viewed the cheap supermarket catfood with disdain and stalked away.

    condescension, scorn, contempt, contemn

  3. disdainverb

    To be indignant or offended.


English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. disdain

    Haughtiness thinks highly of itself and poorly of others. Arrogance claims much for itself and concedes little to others. Pride is an absorbing sense of one's own greatness; haughtiness feels one's own superiority to others; disdain sees contemptuously the inferiority of others to oneself. Presumption claims place or privilege above one's right; pride deems nothing too high. Insolence is open and rude expression of contempt and hostility, generally from an inferior to a superior, as from a servant to a master or mistress. In the presence of superiors overweening pride manifests itself in presumption or insolence; in the presence of inferiors, or those supposed to be inferior, pride manifests itself by arrogance, disdain, haughtiness, superciliousness, or in either case often by cold reserve. (See RESERVE under MODESTY.) Pride is too self-satisfied to care for praise; vanity intensely craves admiration and applause. Superciliousness, as if by the uplifted eyebrow, as its etymology suggests (Latin supercilium, eyebrow, from super, over and cilium, eyelid), silently manifests mingled haughtiness and disdain. Assumption quietly takes for granted superiority and privilege which others would be slow to concede. Conceit and vanity are associated with weakness, pride with strength. Conceit may be founded upon nothing; pride is founded upon something that one is, or has, or has done; vanity, too, is commonly founded on something real, tho far slighter than would afford foundation for pride. Vanity is eager for admiration and praise, is elated if they are rendered, and pained if they are withheld, and seeks them; pride could never solicit admiration or praise. Conceit is somewhat stronger than self-conceit. Self-conceit is ridiculous; conceit is offensive. Self-respect is a thoroughly worthy feeling; self-esteem is a more generous estimate of one's own character and abilities than the rest of the world are ready to allow. Vainglory is more pompous and boastful than vanity. Compare EGOTISM; OSTENTATION.

    arrogance, assumption, conceit, haughtiness, insolence, ostentation, presumption, pride, reserve, self-complacency, self-conceit, self-esteem, self-exaltation, self-respect, superciliousness, vainglory, vanity

    humility, lowliness, meekness, modesty, self-abasement, self-distrust

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. disdainnoun

    contempt, obscure, haughtiness, disregard, superciliousness

    respect, reverence, admiration, respectfulness, considerateness, humility

Princeton's WordNet1.0 / 3 votes

  1. contempt, disdain, scorn, despitenoun

    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    "he was held in contempt"; "the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"

    patronage, scorn, contempt, condescension, despite, disrespect

  2. condescension, disdain, patronageverb

    a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient

    trade, clientele, condescension, patronage, business, backup, backing, superciliousness, scorn, condescendingness, contempt, disdainfulness, championship, despite

  3. contemn, despise, scorn, disdainverb

    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"

    contemn, spurn, reject, pooh-pooh, turn down, scorn, freeze off, despise

  4. reject, spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn downverb

    reject with contempt

    "She spurned his advances"

    freeze off, eliminate, rule out, lower, resist, despise, winnow out, contemn, decline, lour, spurn, pass up, pooh-pooh, reject, disapprove, scorn, turn away, refuse, turn down

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. disdainverb

    despise, contemn, scout, scorn, spurn, look down upon, hold in contempt, consider beneath notice

  2. disdainnoun

    scorn, contempt, contumely, haughtiness, arrogance, HAUTEUR

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. disdainnoun

    scorn, contumely, superciliousness, contempt

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "disdain":

    contempt, scorn, disregard, defiance, disrespect

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  1. Fran Lebowitz:

    The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive-you are leaking.

  2. Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, p. 215:

    There is a particular disdain with which Siamese cats regard you. Anyone who has walked in on the Queen cleaning her teeth will be familiar with the feeling.

  3. Brantner Smith:

    You have a mayor that has great disdain for her police department, you have a superintendent who is a nice man, but he’s under the thumb of [Mayor] Lori Lightfoot. You have officers that are exhausted. The canceling of days off and the forced 12-hour shifts, that’s exhausting.

  4. Bharavi:

    Those who wish well towards their friends disdain to please them with words which are not true.

  5. Manu:

    Treat no one with disdain; with patience bear Reviling language; with an angry man Be never angry; blessings give for curses.*

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  • ازدراءArabic
  • презрение, пренебрежение, презирамBulgarian
  • pohrdání, despekt, opovrženíCzech
  • foragt, despektDanish
  • verachten, Geringschätzung, Verachtung, Missachtung, verschmähenGerman
  • desdén, desprecio, desdeñar, despreciarSpanish
  • halveksunta, väheksyntä, halveksuaFinnish
  • mépriser, mépris, dédaigner, dédainFrench
  • dìmeas, tàireScottish Gaelic
  • בוזHebrew
  • तिरस्कारHindi
  • արհամարհել, քամահրանք, գոռոզություն, արհամարհանք, քամահրելArmenian
  • sprezzare, sdegnare, sdegno, spregiare, disprezzo, disdegnoItalian
  • 蔑視, 見くびる, 侮る, 軽蔑, 侮蔑Japanese
  • whakatoaMāori
  • versmaden, ongenoegen, minachten, verachtingDutch
  • foraktNorwegian Nynorsk
  • forakt, forakteNorwegian
  • gardzić, pogardaPolish
  • desdenhar, desprezar, desprezo, desdémPortuguese
  • dispreț, desconsiderareRomanian
  • презирать, презреть, пренебрежение, презрениеRussian
  • пријезир, prijezir, презир, prezirSerbo-Croatian
  • förakta, föraktSwedish
  • அலட்சியம்Tamil
  • ดูถูกThai
  • 不屑Chinese

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