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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.
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.