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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (scorn)
a. snub
Los desaires de Miguel sorprendieron a su familia porque siempre había sido muy educado.Miguel's snubs shocked his family because he had always been very polite.
b. slight
No entiendo los desaires de mi madre. Se comporta como si estuviera muy enfadada conmigo pero no le he hecho nada.I cannot understand my mother's slights. She behaves as if she were angry at me but I haven't done anything to her.
2. (clumsiness)
a. gracelessness
Si Julia quiere ser modelo tendrá que evitar ese desaire que tiene al andar.If Julia wants to become a model she will have to work on her gracelessness when she walks.
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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. snub, slight
hacer un desaire a alguiento snub somebody
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1 (menosprecio) slight; snub
fue un desaire sin precedentes it was an unprecedented slight o snub; no lo tomes como un desaire don't be offended; dar o hacer un desaire a algn (rechazar) to slight sb; snub sb; (ofender) to offend sb; ¿no me va usted a hacer ese desaire? I won't take no for an answer!; sufrir un desaire to suffer a rebuff
2 (falta de garbo) unattractiveness; gracelessness
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