verb (used with object)
- to look upon or treat with contempt; despise; scorn.
- to think unworthy of notice, response, etc.; consider beneath oneself: to disdain replying to an insult.
- a feeling of contempt for anything regarded as unworthy; haughty contempt; scorn.
- a feeling or show of superiority and dislike; contempt; scorn
- (tr; may take an infinitive) to refuse or reject with disdain
v.late 14c., from Old French desdeignier “disdain, scorn, refuse, repudiate,” from des- “do the opposite of” (see dis-) + deignier “treat as worthy” (see deign). Related: Disdained; disdaining. n.mid-14c., desdegne “scorn, contempt,” earlier dedeyne “offended dignity” (c.1300), from Old French desdeigne, from desdeignier (see disdain (v.)). Sometimes in early Modern English shortened to sdain, sdainful. Related: disdainful; disdainfully.