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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (general)
a. disdain
El desdén del médico por sus pacientes más pobres era evidente.The doctor's disdain for his poorer patients was obvious.
b. contempt
Marco es misógino y me trata con desdén ya que soy mujer.Marco is a mysogynist and treats me with contempt because I'm a woman.
c. scorn
El presidente no intentó ocultar su desdén por el pueblo.The president did not attempt to hide his scorn for the people.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me horrorizó el desdén con que mi abuela trataba al camarero.I was shocked by the disdainful way my grandmother treated the waiter.
Mateo me miró con desdén, como si hubiera soltado una palabrota.Mateo looked at me disdainfully, as if I'd uttered a rude word.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. disdain, contempt
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scorn; disdain
al desdén disdainfully
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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