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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disdainful mean? 

DISDAINFUL (adjective)
  The adjective DISDAINFUL has 2 senses:

1. expressing extreme contempt
2. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy

  Familiarity information: DISDAINFUL used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

DISDAINFUL (adjective)

Sense 1disdainful [BACK TO TOP]


Expressing extreme contempt


contemptuous; disdainful; scornful; insulting


disrespectful (exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous)

Sense 2disdainful [BACK TO TOP]


Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy


supercilious; haughty; swaggering; prideful; sniffy; disdainful; lordly

Context examples:

some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines / haughty aristocrats / his lordly manners were offensive / walked with a prideful swagger / very sniffy about breaches of etiquette / his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air / a more swaggering mood than usual


proud (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride)

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