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disdain

dis·dain

disdain

 
 
pronunciation:
dihs deIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disdained, disdaining, disdains
definition 1: to regard or treat with contempt; scorn.
synonyms:
contemn, scorn, spurn
antonyms:
admire, cherish
similar words:
affront, deride, despise, loathe, revile, snub
definition 2: to regard or treat as unworthy or beneath oneself.
He disdained the invitation.
synonyms:
scorn
antonyms:
appreciate
similar words:
affront, belittle, high-hat, misprize, patronize, pooh-pooh, slight, snub, spurn
 
part of speech: noun
definition: an attitude or display of contempt; scorn.
A divorced woman of that time was often criticized and treated with disdain.
synonyms:
contempt, opprobrium, scorn
antonyms:
admiration, honor, respect
similar words:
arrogance, catcall, contumely, derision, disparagement, mockery
Word Parts
The word disdain contains the following part:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-