• WordNet 3.6
    • n disdainfulness the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disdainfulness Contempt; contemptuousness; haughty scorn.
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  • Dogen
    “Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup.”
  • Vicomte De Chateaubriand
    Vicomte De Chateaubriand
    “Let us not disdain glory too much; nothing is finer, except virtue. The height of happiness would be to unite both in this life.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Towering genius disdains a beaten path.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “The most valuable of all human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well-to-do.”
  • James A. Michener
    James A. Michener
    “I was brought up in the great tradition of the late nineteenth century: that a writer never complains, never explains and never disdains.”


In literature:

Suddenly the carriage stopped, and Bigot stood up, folding his arms, and glancing round with a disdainful smile without speaking a word.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
I did not protest, from a feeling of a sort of disdainful indifference.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
Dona Consolacion slowly turned her head, calmly looked her over again, and once more spat, this time with greater disdain.
"The Social Cancer" by José Rizal
She disdains To make appeal to our compassion.
"Mary Stuart A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Grumedan leaning back in his arm-chair, with one knee crossed over the other and his nose in the air, looked on disdainfully.
"The Green Fairy Book" by Various
Where was now the Margaret of the short, disdainful laugh?
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
I disdain, for the most part, the tricks and surprises of the novelist's art.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
His own country he half loved, yet half disdained.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
A living man then was in possession of a secret which justified his disdain, and that man was master of Laughton!
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Against it my reason rose up half alarmed, half disdainful.
"A Strange Story, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In poetry:

The stars, disdainful of my thought,
Majestic march toward their goal,
And to my nightly watch have brought
No explanation to my soul.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thy treasured hopes and raptures high -
Unmurmuring let them go,
Nor grieve the bliss should quickly fly
Which CHRIST disdained to know.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
Weary plaint that Mankind, in these late days,
Had grieved her by holding
Her ancient high fame of perfection
In doubt and disdain . . .
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Some sceptic may choose to disdain it,
Or one feign to read it aright;
Or wisdom may seek to explain it--
This mystical kiss in the night.
"The Phantom Kiss" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Disdain must thou endure for ever;
Strong may thy heart in danger be!
Thou shalt not fail! but ah, be never
False as thy father was to me.
"Forsaken. (From The German)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Disdain me not without desert,
Nor leave me not so suddenly;
Since well ye wot that in my heart
I mean ye not but honestly.
Disdain me not.
"Disdain Me Not" by Thomas Wyatt

In news:

Controversial videos published today seem to reveal GOP candidate's disdain for Obama voters.
Right wing disdain of federal employees goes Neanderthal .
The president is using force he disdained as a senator.
Obligatory disdain for childhood values vacuum.
In securing the first fellowship of my graduate career, I never thought I would come to disdain my time spent with other well-educated people.
Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan talks about his disdain for greatest hits albums and why their forthcoming retrospective 'Antennas to Hell' is so much more.
The revolution that many commentators predicted when President Bush appointed two ultra-right-wing Supreme Court justices is proceeding with breathtaking impatience, and it is a revolution Jacobin in its disdain for tradition and precedent.
The hostility, resentment, envy and disdain, all superheated in Florida, were not permitted their natural discharge.
What gets lost in this disdain for things "foreign" is that theorists were concerned with the artwork itself, with responding to it on many different levels — with the aesthetic experience.
Like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash before him, there's a strong rock undercurrent and an equal measure of Music City disdain in Church 's music.
Across the country, Americans' disdain is clear as 'fiscal cliff' debate rages.
I know there are some people who could show nothing but disdain for Brett Favre – even before he signed on last year to be quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings.
I think I've already started expressing my disdain for Game of Thrones.
She seems to have a tiny bit of disdain for her solo period, continuing, "Whereas that period felt like I was trying to be something, and play a role, and pretend .".
After they'd just seen a rate hike last year for bus and rail rides, it was hard to find people in the Metro system Thursday with anything but disdain for talk of another fare increase.

In science:

The students in this class, who ma jor in sub jects like literature, religious studies, and philosophy, tend to be intelligent but also querulous and somewhat disdainful of the “merely technical” intellectual achievements of physics.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Mathematicians have over the years disdained this challenge and have increasingly chosen to flee nature by devising theories unrelated to natural objects we can see or feel.
Theory of Carry Value Transformation (CVT) and its Application in Fractal formation