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She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
  a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority


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disdain disdainfully disdainful disdained disdains disdaining
"Disdain" can be used like "scorn", though "scorn" is a stronger term that implies not only a lack of respect, but a strong dislike.
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  • She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
  • She has nothing but disdain for the notion that common people can regulate their own lives better than she can.
  • Besides, I recognize that there are intelligent people— better than me—who do not share my disdain for any of them.
    Richard D. North  --  Rich Is Beautiful  -- 06/28/06)
  • Both [Kierkegaard and Nietzsche] stressed ... a certain disdain for public life...
    Faith and Reason - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  -- 05/20/06)

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  • The spirit of the age is filled with the disdain for thinking.
    Albert Schweitzer
  • I am curious to know whether the Times is unique in its arrogant disdain for the public safety and its willingness to condone the betrayal of national secrets.
    David Frum’s Diary on National Review Online  -- 06/29/06)
  • This is a book about how the idea of external truth has fallen into disdain...
    Lynne V. Cheney  --  Telling the Truth  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • the wretched shred of life to which I am reduced by her disdain
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • "A speech from the throne," Thomas Jefferson called it, with republican disdain.
    Gene Healy  --  Speech from the Throne  -- 06/28/06)
  • There is profound distrust and disdain, if not outright hatred between the Chinese and North Koreans, despite their long history of shared bloodshed.
    Balbina Hwang  --  China’s Proliferation and its Role in the North Korea Nuclear Crisis  -- 06/29/06)

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  • He felt offended, and without his noticing it the feeling of offense immediately turned into one of disdain which was quite uncalled for.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • And the anguish of thy justice in being just to those that disdain thee?
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • twisting his tattooed face into an unearthly expression of disdain
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • Alfred T Slipper was a janitor. Most of the time, people looked right past him. Sometimes (often, in fact) they treated him with disdain.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  •   ’Girls,’ said Peter, ’are always so hasty tempered.’
      ’I should like to know what boys are!’ said Bobbie, with fine disdain.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • The butcher always treated him with disdain, as if he were something unclean.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Pilar is like her grandmother, disdainful of rules, of religion, of everything meaningful.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • When He looked in our hearts to weigh our worth, would he find love for our Congolese neighbors, or disdain?
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The majestic walls ... seem to stare at the unworthy trespassers with disdain.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I have heard that she made no secret of her disdain for his appearance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "Pig!" She spat out at him viciously, her nostrils flaring in a look of savage disdain.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • an arrogant, disdainful smile
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • "You think now to teach me my trade?" he asked, and he did not try to hide the disdain in his voice.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Summerset opened the door with his usual disdain.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Mrs. Wilson rejected the compliment by raising her eyebrow in disdain.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • But the dichotomy of love and disdain living side-by-side is what surprises me.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Every time we try to stop, we look at Peeta’s attempt to maintain a disdainful expression and it sets us off again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • his disdain for worldly pleasures
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • This is an old habit, this joke making and clowning in the face of bad luck, this disdain of hers for the slightest show of self-pity.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Let your compassion be moved, and do not disdain me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Rosa’s greatest disdain, however, was reserved for 8 Grande Strasse. A large house...
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • in love with a disdainful youth
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • your selfish disdain of the feelings of others
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But the evil smile as quickly passed into a cold stare of lion-like disdain.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Once more she made her disdain clear.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The child stuck out his lips and turned away his head in a disdainful manner, saying, "He’s too ugly."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Teabing looked at Sophie with disdain.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Mariam knew that she and Laila had become one and the same being to him, equally wretched, equally deserving of his distrust, his disdain and disregard.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • George drew himself up, and smiled disdainfully.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • let them never eye a Nantucketer with disdain
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I knew now why Clarice did not disdain my underclothes as Alice had done.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • ...asked Estella of myself, with the greatest disdain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • On the contrary, Heyward thought the manner of the young Mohican was disdainful,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • the matron was in no way overpowered by Mr. Bumble’s scowl, but, on the contrary, treated it with great disdain
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • His heart was heavy, and he said with a disdain which he did not feel that it wasn’t anything to spit like Tom Sawyer;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The anti-Zionist students remained aloof, bitter, disdainful of our Zionism.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Her expression of bored disdain drops immediately.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • She looked up at the second net with a disdainful expression.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Milady had listened to all this menacing tirade with a smile of disdain on her lips, but rage in her heart.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He veiled a glance of disdain at his fellows
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
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