[uncountable, singular] the feeling that somebody/something is not good enough to deserve your respect or attention synonym contempt to treat somebody with disdain He turned his head away in disdain. disdain for somebody/something a disdain for the law Word Origin Middle English: from Old French desdeign (noun), desdeignier (verb), based on Latin dedignari, from de- (expressing reversal) + dignari
‘consider worthy’ (from dignus ‘worthy’).Extra examples Judges sometimes show great disdain for the law. Marcus had trouble hiding his disdain for the man. She did not hesitate to express the disdain that she felt. She turned her head away in disdain. Traditionalists look upon the changes with disdain. Why does he treat his father with such disdain? Imitation jewellery is regarded with disdain. She’s shown her disdain for me from day one.