Definition of disdain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    disdain

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪn//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disdain
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪn//
     
    he / she / it disdains
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪnz//
     
    past simple disdained
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪnd//
     
    past participle disdained
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪnd//
     
    -ing form disdaining
    BrE BrE//dɪsˈdeɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈdeɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1disdain somebody/something to think that somebody/something is not good enough to deserve your respect She disdained his offer of help. Immigrants accept the jobs disdained by the local workforce.
  2. 2disdain to do something to refuse to do something because you think that you are too important to do it He disdained to turn to his son for advice.
  3. 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’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: disdain

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