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dis·dain

disdain

 
 
pronunciation:
dihs deIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disdains, disdaining, disdained
definition 1: to regard or treat with contempt; scorn.
She spoke politely to her neighbors, but she secretly disdained them.He disdains his family's rich and privileged lifestyle and prefers to live very simply.
synonyms:
contemn, scorn
antonyms:
admire, appreciate, cherish, esteem, respect
similar words:
affront, deride, despise, loathe, revile, snub
definition 2: to reject as being unworthy or beneath one's dignity.
She disdained attending the ceremony, knowing that she wasn't even being considered for an award.[verb + gerund ] He disdained to get involved in their little charade.[verb + infinitive ] They were proud people and disdained all offers of help.
similar words:
scorn, snub, spurn
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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
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