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disdain
used in Leaves of Grass

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

or:

to reject as not good enough
  • The summer growth is innocent and disdainful above all those strata of sour dead.
    Book 24 — AUTUMN RIVULETS (29% in)
disdainful = without respect
  • The disdain and calmness of martyrs, The mother of old, condemn'd for a witch, burnt with dry wood, her children gazing on, The hounded slave that flags in the race, leans by the fence, blowing, cover'd with sweat, The twinges that sting like needles his legs and neck, the murderous buckshot and the bullets, All these I feel or am.
    Book 3 — Song of Myself (63% in)
  • The track strew'd with the dust of skeletons, By the roadside others disdainfully toss'd.
    Book 23 — By Blue Ontario's Shore.... (65% in)

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