contemn vs disdain what difference

what is difference between contemn and disdain

English

Etymology

From Middle English contempnen, from Old French contemner, from Latin contemnere (to scorn). See also contempt.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kənˈtɛm/
  • Rhymes: -ɛm

Verb

contemn (third-person singular simple present contemns, present participle contemning, simple past and past participle contemned)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To disdain; to value at little or nothing; to treat or regard with contempt.
  2. (law) To commit an offence of contempt, such as contempt of court; to unlawfully flout (e.g. a ruling).

Synonyms

  • despise, scorn
  • See also Thesaurus:despise

Antonyms

  • honor
  • respect
  • revere
  • venerate

Related terms

  • contemner
  • contemnor
  • contempt
  • contemptibility
  • contemptible
  • contemptibly
  • contemptuous

Translations



English

Etymology

From Middle English disdeynen, from Old French desdeignier (modern French dédaigner).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: dĭs-dān’, IPA(key): /dɪsˈdeɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn

Noun

disdain (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) A feeling of contempt or scorn.
    • 2018 June 24, Sam Wallace, “Harry Kane scores hat-trick as England hit Panama for six to secure World Cup knock-out qualification,” Telegraph (UK) (retrieved 24 June 2018):
      Everything that could go right for England did although they never felt lucky and they chuckled at Kane’s third that ricocheted off his heel while he was looking the other way. Somewhere in the Moscow outskirts one could only guess at the grand disdain Cristiano Ronaldo will have felt at being supplanted as the tournament’s top scorer in that manner.
  2. (obsolete) That which is worthy to be disdained or regarded with contempt and aversion.
  3. (obsolete) The state of being despised; shame.

Synonyms

  • abomination
  • condescension
  • contempt
  • despisal
  • scorn
  • See also Thesaurus:contempt

Antonyms

  • adoration
  • admiration
  • honor
  • respect
  • reverence

Derived terms

  • disdainable
  • disdainful

Translations

Verb

disdain (third-person singular simple present disdains, present participle disdaining, simple past and past participle disdained)

  1. (transitive) To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.
    • When the Philistine [] saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth.
    • 1880, Edward Henry Palmer (translator), The Qur’an, 1880, “Women”, verse 170
      The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, is but the apostle of God and His Word, […] The Messiah doth surely not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do the angels who are nigh to Him; and whosoever disdains His service and is too proud, He will gather them altogether to Himself. But as for those who believe and do what is right, He will pay their hire and will give increase to them of His grace. But as for those who disdain and are too proud, He will punish them with a grievous woe, and they shall not find for them other than God a patron or a help.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To be indignant or offended.
    • 1526, William Tyndale (translator), Bible, Matthew XXI:
      When the chefe prestes and scribes sawe, the marveylles that he dyd […], they desdayned, and sayde unto hym: hearest thou what these saye?

Synonyms

  • abominate
  • contemn
  • See also Thesaurus:despise

Antonyms

  • adore
  • admire
  • honor
  • respect
  • revere

Translations

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