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Synonyms for disdain
dɪsˈdeɪn, dɪˈsteɪndis·dain

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  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 Antonyms

  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 Antonyms

  1. disdainnoun

    contempt, obscure, haughtiness, disregard, superciliousness

    respect, reverence, admiration, respectfulness, considerateness, humility

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  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 Words

  1. disdainnoun

    scorn, contumely, superciliousness, contempt

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "disdain":

    contempt, scorn, disregard, defiance, disrespect

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How to use disdain in a sentence?

  1. Albert Schweitzer:

    The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking.

  2. The American stand-up comedienne:

    Definitely whatever you think of it, it's a conversation. You walk out of there talking to your friends about mental illness, about depression, about what deserves empathy, what deserves sympathy, you might walk away having nothing but disdain for this woman. People have harder childhoods than she had and persevere through them with aplomb but it's not a competition. (For) this woman, life is hard for her.

  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. Laura Bush:

    There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home, but in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.

  5. Michael Chertoff:

    Much of the story of this last administration and the next couple of months is a disdain for the workings of government, it's almost as if it's a determination that they want to wreck government and make it as hard as possible for government to do its job. The problem is that leaves a lot of people dead, as we've seen with the virus.

Translations for disdain

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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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    An antonym of "spellbound"
    • A. fascinated
    • B. transfixed
    • C. disenchanted
    • D. mesmerized

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