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[deyn] /deɪn/
verb (used without object)
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend:
He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.
verb (used with object)
to condescend to give or grant:
He deigned no reply.
Obsolete. to condescend to accept.
Origin of deign
1250-1300; Middle English deinen < Old French deignier < Latin dignārī to judge worthy, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -ārī infinitive suffix
Can be confused
deign, dine. Unabridged
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  • They received the fish as a matter of course, not deigning in any way to thank us.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Flo was in an agony of tears, not deigning to look at the rescued ball.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • Not deigning to look in his face, she appealed to the earth.

    National Epics Kate Milner Rabb
  • "I don't know nothing about that," said the lad, not deigning to look at the Squire.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • She turned rather pale, and sat silent, not deigning to reply to such a charge, while Claire rushed on recklessly.

    Peggy Raymond's Vacation Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
  • The Belknap-Jacksons left hastily, not deigning him a glance.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • One day the owner saw her, and gazed at her some time in rapt astonishment; however, she didnt move, deigning only to laugh.

  • “Secure him,” said the officer, deigning no reply to these remarks.

    Charlie to the Rescue R.M. Ballantyne
  • Dan Hoolan sat sulkily, with his hands between his knees, not deigning to reply.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for deigning


(intransitive) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescend: he will not deign to speak to us
(transitive) (archaic) to vouchsafe: he deigned no reply
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for deigning



c.1300, from Old French deignier (Modern French daigner), from Latin dignari "to deem worthy or fit" (source of Italian degnare, Spanish deñar), from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1580s). Related: Deigned; deigning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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