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used in Bleak House

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


to reject as not good enough
  • My Lady, with a disdainful gesture of the hand that holds the screen, assures him of his being worth no complaint from her.
    Chapters 28-30 (43% in)
disdainful = showing a lack of respect
  • He is a gentleman of strict conscience, disdainful of all littleness and meanness and ready on the shortest notice to die any death you may please to mention rather than give occasion for the least impeachment of his integrity.
    Chapters 1-3 (26% in)
  • The stranger only answered with another violent snort, whether in acceptance of the poetry-tribute or in disdainful rejection of it, he did not express to me.
    Chapters 4-6 (88% in)
  • Even you are a courtier, or think it necessary to become one to me!" she said with some disdain.
    Chapters 16-18 (95% in)
  • "You don't expect anybody to believe this, about the lady and the sovereign, do you?" says the constable, eyeing him aside with ineffable disdain.
    Chapters 19-21 (21% in)
  • The sportive twins, who have been looking straight before them all this time except when they have been engrossed by the black leathern cases, retire together, generally disdainful of the visitor, but leaving him to the old man as two young cubs might leave a traveller to the parental bear.
    Chapters 19-21 (84% in)
  • Miss Wisk, whom I cannot report as prepossessing in appearance, and whose manner was grim, listened to the proceedings, as part of woman's wrongs, with a disdainful face.
    Chapters 28-30 (92% in)
  • She said, no, no, no, she could only speak to me so; she must be proud and disdainful everywhere else; she would be humbled and ashamed there, in the only natural moments of her life.
    Chapters 34-36 (84% in)
  • He makes a feint of offering a protest, but she sweeps it away with her disdainful hand.
    Chapters 40-42 (55% in)
  • "You paid me!" she repeats with fierce disdain.
    Chapters 40-42 (89% in)
  • "Or a haughty gentleman of HIM?" cries mademoiselle, referring to Sir Leicester with ineffable disdain.
    Chapters 52-54 (97% in)
  • My Lady, you may have some proud or angry reasons for disdaining to utter something that you know; if so, pray, oh, pray, think of a faithful servant whose whole life has been passed in this family which she dearly loves, and relent, and help to clear my son!
    Chapters 55-57 (25% in)

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