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disdain

noun [U] uk   /dɪsˈdeɪn/ formal us  
the feeling of not liking someone or something and thinking that they do not deserve your interest or respect: He regards the political process with disdain.
disdainful
adjective uk   /-fəl/ us  
a disdainful expression
disdainfully
adverb uk   /-fəl.i/ us  

disdain

verb [T] uk   /dɪsˈdeɪn/ formal us  
to feel disdain for someone or something: The older musicians disdain the new, rock-influenced music.disdain to do sth to refuse to do something because you feel you are too important to do it
Translations of “disdain”
in Spanish desdén…
in French dédain…
in German die Verachtung…
in Chinese (Traditional) 輕視,蔑視,鄙視…
in Russian презрение…
in Turkish küçümseme, horlama, aşağılama…
in Chinese (Simplified) 轻视,蔑视,鄙视…
in Polish pogarda…
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