Bumptious vs Disdainful - What's the difference?

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Bumptious is a related term of disdainful.

As adjectives the difference between bumptious and disdainful

is that bumptious is obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme while disdainful is showing contempt or scorn; having a pronounced lack of concern for others viewed as unworthy.




(en adjective)
  • Obtrusively pushy; self-assertive to a pretentious extreme.
  • * 1877 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), (A Study in Scarlet) :
  • "There are no crimes and no criminals in these days," he said, querulously. "What is the use of having brains in our profession. I know well that I have it in me to make my name famous. No man lives or has ever lived who has brought the same amount of study and of natural talent to the detection of crime which I have done. And what is the result? There is no crime to detect, or, at most, some bungling villainy with a motive so transparent that even a Scotland Yard official can see through it." I was still annoyed at his bumptious style of conversation; I thought it best to change the topic.
  • * 1918 , , The Mirror and the Lamp , ch. 22:
  • From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious ; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
  • * 1928 , (Virginia Woolf), :
  • She could stand it no longer. It was full of prying old women, she said, who stared in one's face, and of bumptious young men who trod on one's toes.

    Derived terms

    * bumptiously * bumptiousness




    (en adjective)
  • Showing contempt or scorn; having a pronounced lack of concern for others viewed as unworthy.
  • He was disdainful of those he thought of as the little people. He openly sneered at them. They mocked him behind his back.
    She glimpsed at the people whom she had left behind, and smirked in the most disdainful manner towards them.


    * despising, scornful, contemptuous


    * respectful

    Derived terms

    * disdainfully