• WordNet 3.6
    • v disdain reject with contempt "She spurned his advances"
    • v disdain 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"
    • n disdain a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    • n disdain lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike "he was held in contempt","the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disdain A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn. "How my soul is moved with just disdain !""Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes."
    • Disdain That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion. "Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile disdain ."
    • Disdain The state of being despised; shame.
    • v. i Disdain To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty. "And when the chief priests and scribes saw the marvels that he did . . . they disdained ."
    • Disdain To reject as unworthy of one's self, or as not deserving one's notice; to look with scorn upon; to scorn, as base acts, character, etc. "When the Philistine . . . saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth.""'T is great, 't is manly to disdain disguise."
    • Disdain To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act. "Disdaining . . . that any should bear the armor of the best knight living."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disdain To think unworthy or worthless; reject as unworthy of notice or of one's own character; look upon with contempt and aversion; contemn; despise: as, to disdain a mean action.
    • disdain To fill with scorn or contempt.
    • disdain Synonyms Despise, etc. (See scorn), scout, spurn. See comparison of nouns under arrogance.
    • disdain To be filled with scorn or contempt.
    • n disdain A feeling of contempt mingled with aversion; contempt; scorn.
    • n disdain The state of being despised; the state of feeling one′ s self disgraced; ignominy; disgrace.
    • n disdain That which is worthy of disdain.
    • n disdain Synonyms pride, Presumption, etc. (see arrogance), scornfulness, contemptuousness.See scorn, v.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disdain dis-dān′ to think unworthy: to reject as unsuitable: to scorn
    • n Disdain a feeling of scorn or aversion: haughtiness
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. disdainen, desdainen, OF. desdeigner, desdaigner, F. dédaigner,; des-,L. dis-,) + daigner, to deign, fr. L. dignari, to deem worthy. See Deign


In literature:

She was childless, but she disdained to carry a pet dog as compensation for barrenness.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
We do not always disdain to use what we despise.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
An orderly brought a newspaper, and nobody would do more than disdainfully glance at it.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
More and more, as the supreme artist matures, do we find him disdaining the showier and more evident forms of virtuosity.
"The Later works of Titian" by Claude Phillips
Sissie gazed firmly at her father, as it were half in pity and half in disdain.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
She understood, with a pang of compassion and yet with feminine disdain, the horrible thing that his daily existence was.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
My face must have reflected the disdainful quietude of my soul.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
I hope you may not become so spiritual as quite to disdain the body.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
Moreover, a certain air of imperceptible irony and transcendental disdain shows that he is conscious of this superiority.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
But the Romans, though they were eager to run to the theatre, felt nothing but disdain for the performers.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis

In poetry:

It's far the worst pain
to never know why
without love or disdain
my heart has such pain!
"Tears Fall In My Heart" by Paul Verlaine
Why must thy proud, suspicious air,
Give every heart a pain?
Why must my son, my Edgar bear
Unmerited disdain?"
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
But in that age-long sleep have waned
A myriad gods, or fled:
Olympic altars are disdained
And Gnostic Wisdom dead.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Nay, it is wont to laugh to scorn
Another's tender pain;
The fervent flame of heavenly love
To treat with cold disdain.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
Disdainful from his fiery jaws
He snorts his vital heat,
And, easy as his shadow, draws,
Long-drawn, the living street.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
The richness of the garden soil
You show. All noble seeds
Flower in your nature, nor disdain
Some wild and random weeds.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Voter Disdain Spreads as 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms.
Suri Shows Disdain for Paps.
Romney and Ryan's disdain for the working class.
Why do we disdain work.
Readers express support, disdain for New Jersey governor's tirades.
Some Disdain Both Options in Egypt's Narrowed Race.
Obama tries to capitalize on voters' disdain of Congress and plays blame game.
Hunger Games Premiere Offers New Possible Object of Your Twilight Disdain .
Do Liberals Disdain the Disabled.
Gingrich wins spin as foes forget disdain for media.
Trivium's Matt Heafy Shares Disdain for SOPA.
GOP rivals reap benefits of groups they claim to disdain .
Merrick, the notorious Broadway producer, was known for his powerful hand and outright disdain for many colleagues.
President Obama continue to register their disdain for not only the incumbent but for the electoral process that granted him a second term.
It's aggressively rooted in the present, disdainful of the past, and the same with " Entourage 's" last lap.

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