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Definition a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority


to reject as not good enough
  • She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
  • She has nothing but disdain for the notion that common people can regulate their own lives better than she can.
  • disdain = a lack of respect — often suggesting an undeserved sense of superiority
  • 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  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Both [Kierkegaard and Nietzsche] stressed ... a certain disdain for public life...
    Faith and Reason - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • 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  -- (retrieved 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)
  • "A speech from the throne," Thomas Jefferson called it, with republican disdain.
    Gene Healy  --  Speech from the Throne  -- (retrieved 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  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • the wretched shred of life to which I am reduced by her disdain
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
  • 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
  • The butcher always treated him with disdain, as if he were something unclean.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • disdain = a lack of respect
  • Pilar is like her grandmother, disdainful of rules, of religion, of everything meaningful.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • disdainful = lacking respect
  • 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
  • disdain = a lack of respect
  • The majestic walls ... seem to stare at the unworthy trespassers with disdain.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • disdain = a lack of respect
  • I have heard that she made no secret of her disdain for his appearance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • disdain = a lack of respect
  • Summerset opened the door with his usual disdain.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • disdain = a lack of respect — suggesting distaste and a sense of superiority
  • an arrogant, disdainful smile
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
disdainful = showing a lack of respect

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