Disdaining
Disdain Dis*dain" (?; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disdained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disdaining}.] [OE. disdainen, desdainen, OF. desdeigner, desdaigner, F. d['e]daigner; des- (L. dis-) + daigner to deign, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy. See {Deign}.] 1. To think unworthy; to deem unsuitable or unbecoming; as, to disdain to do a mean act. [1913 Webster]

Disdaining . . . that any should bear the armor of the best knight living. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. To reject as unworthy of one's self, or as not deserving one's notice; to look with scorn upon; to scorn, as base acts, character, etc. [1913 Webster]

When the Philistine . . . saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth. --1 Sam. xvii. 42. [1913 Webster]

'T is great, 't is manly to disdain disguise. --Young.

Syn: To contemn; despise; scorn. See {Contemn}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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