What does the word disdain mean?

Usage examples for disdain

  1. She had been gazing out as she put herself to rights; but at the opening of the door she turned with a light disdain, and the pair of them stood rooted to the floor. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  2. Thus half resentment, half disdain, repell'd The man's frank justice, and the truth withheld. – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  3. Rosamond, during this scene, especially at the moment when her present was pushed away with such disdain, had been making reflections upon the nature of true generosity. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth