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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: desdeignier, from deignier; DEIGN

disdain

2 verb
     
disdain2 formal
1 [transitive] to have no respect for someone or something, because you think they are not important or good enough:
Childcare was seen as women's work, and men disdained it.
2

disdain to do something

to refuse to do something because you are too proud to do it:
Butler disdained to reply.

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