Dis·dain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disdained p. pr. & vb. n. Disdaining.]
1. 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. --Sir P. Sidney.
2. 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. --1 Sam. xvii. 42.
'T is great, 't is manly to disdain disguise. --Young.
Syn: -- To contemn; despise; scorn. See Contemn.
1. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn.
How my soul is moved with just disdain! --Pope.
Note: Often implying an idea of haughtiness.
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes. --Shak.
2. That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion. [Obs.]
Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile disdain. --Spenser.
3. The state of being despised; shame. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Haughtiness; scorn; contempt; arrogance; pride. See Haughtiness.
Dis·dain, v. i. 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. --Genevan Testament (Matt. xxi. 15).
n 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,
2: a communication that indicates lack of respect by
patronizing the recipient [syn: condescension, patronage]
v 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]