Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
If you treat somebody or something with ‘disdain’, you behave as if they/it are beneath you and unworthy of your time or attention. It has negative connotations and can cause hurt and offence when directed towards another person.
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In the meeting, Andrew scoffed at my idea and then told me to keep quiet. He treated me with utter disdain.
Roy is quite difficult to manage. He has a disdainful attitude towards authority.
Sarah clearly wasn’t happy with the present I gave her. She looked at it with disdain.