Disdain

Definition of Disdain

Dis`dain´
n.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.
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes.
- Shak.
2.That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion.
Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile disdain.
- Spenser.
3.The state of being despised; shame.
v. t.1.To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act.
[imp. & p. p. Disdained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Disdaining.]
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.
v. i.1.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).

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