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DISDAIN, v.t. [L., to think worthy; worthy. See Dignity.] To think unworthy; to deem worthless; to consider to be unworthy of notice, care, regard, esteem, or unworthy of ones character; to scorn; to contemn. The man of elevated mind disdains a mean action; he disdains the society of profligate, worthless men; he disdains to corrupt the innocent, or insult the weak. Goliath disdained David.

Whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. Job 30.

DISDAIN, n. Contempt; scorn; a passion excited in noble minds, by the hatred or detestation of what is mean and dishonorable, and implying a consciousness of superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority. In ignoble minds, disdain may spring from unwarrantable pride or haughtiness, and be directed toward objects of worth. It implies hatred, and sometimes anger.

How my soul is moved with just disdain.



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DISDAIN, v.t. [L., to think worthy; worthy. See Dignity.] To think unworthy; to deem worthless; to consider to be unworthy of notice, care, regard, esteem, or unworthy of ones character; to scorn; to contemn. The man of elevated mind disdains a mean action; he disdains the society of profligate, worthless men; he disdains to corrupt the innocent, or insult the weak. Goliath disdained David.

Whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. Job 30.

DISDAIN, n. Contempt; scorn; a passion excited in noble minds, by the hatred or detestation of what is mean and dishonorable, and implying a consciousness of superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority. In ignoble minds, disdain may spring from unwarrantable pride or haughtiness, and be directed toward objects of worth. It implies hatred, and sometimes anger.

How my soul is moved with just disdain.

DIS-DAIN', n.

Contempt; scorn; a passion excited in noble minds, by the hatred or detestation of what is mean and dishonorable, and implying a consciousness of superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority. In ignoble minds, disdain may spring from unwarrantable pride or haughtiness, and be directed toward objects of worth. It implies hatred, and sometimes anger. How my soul is moved with just disdain. – Pope.


DIS-DAIN', v.t. [Fr. dedaigner; Sp. desdeñar; It. sdegnare; Port. desdenhar; L. dedignor; de, dis, and dignor, to think worthy; dignus, worthy. See Dignity.]

To think unworthy; to deem worthless; to consider to be unworthy of notice, care, regard, esteem, or unworthy of one's character; to scorn; to contemn. The man of elevated mind disdains a mean action; he disdains the society of profligate, worthless men; he disdains to corrupt the innocent or insult the weak. Goliath disdained David. Whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. – Job xxx.


Dis*dain"
  1. A feeling of contempt and aversion; the regarding anything as unworthy of or beneath one; scorn.

    How my soul is moved with just disdain! Pope.

    Often implying an idea of haughtiness.

    Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes. Shak.

  2. To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act.

    Disdaining . . . that any should bear the armor of the best knight living. Sir P. Sidney.

  3. To be filled with scorn; to feel contemptuous anger; to be haughty.

    And when the chief priests and scribes saw the marvels that he did . . . they disdained. Genevan Testament (Matt. xxi. 15).

  4. That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion.

    [Obs.]

    Most loathsome, filthy, foul, and full of vile disdain. Spenser.

  5. To reject as unworthy of one's self, or as not deserving one's notice; to look with scorn upon; to scorn, as base acts, character, etc.

    When the Philistine . . . saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth. 1 Sam. xvii. 42.

    'T is great, 't is manly to disdain disguise. Young.

    Syn. -- To contemn; despise; scorn. See Contemn.

  6. The state of being despised; shame.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    Syn. -- Haughtiness; scorn; contempt; arrogance; pride. See Haughtiness.

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Disdain

DISDAIN, verb transitive [Latin , to think worthy; worthy. See Dignity.] To think unworthy; to deem worthless; to consider to be unworthy of notice, care, regard, esteem, or unworthy of ones character; to scorn; to contemn. The man of elevated mind disdains a mean action; he disdains the society of profligate, worthless men; he disdains to corrupt the innocent, or insult the weak. Goliath disdained David.

Whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. Job 30:1.

DISDAIN, noun Contempt; scorn; a passion excited in noble minds, by the hatred or detestation of what is mean and dishonorable, and implying a consciousness of superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority of mind, or a supposed superiority. In ignoble minds, disdain may spring from unwarrantable pride or haughtiness, and be directed toward objects of worth. It implies hatred, and sometimes anger.

How my soul is moved with just disdain

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