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used in Arrowsmith

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


to reject as not good enough
  • They ignored traffic regulations, they disdained the people, returning from theaters and movies, who dotted the streets which unrolled before the flying gray hood.
    Chapter 11 (23% in)
disdained = treated as inferior
  • He longed for the girl Leora; she stirred him, and with gay frank passion she answered him; but to another, sexless Leora he talked more honestly than to Gottlieb or his own worried self, while with her boyish nod or an occasional word she encouraged him to confidence in his evolving ambition and disdains.
    Chapter 7 (3% in)
  • ...and he had assured each other that, for a student affair, dinner jacket and black waistcoat would be the thing, as stated in the Benson, Hanley and Koch Chart of Correct Gents' Wearing Apparel, but he grew miserable at the sight of voluptuous white waistcoats, and when that embryo famous surgeon, Angus Duer, came by, disdainful as a greyhound and pushing on white gloves (which are the whitest, the most superciliously white objects on earth), then Martin felt himself a hobbledehoy.
    Chapter 7 (15% in)
  • He stalked out now and then after a quarrel, disdaining to answer her, and for hours he left her alone, enjoying the knowledge that he was hurting her, that she was alone, waiting, perhaps weeping.
    Chapter 25 (60% in)
  • The motor cut through a singing trade wind which told of clean sails and disdainful men.
    Chapter 34 (5% in)

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