- to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.
- to condescend to give or grant: He deigned no reply.
- Obsolete. to condescend to accept.
Origin of deign
Examples from the Web for deign
Should we be grateful for whatever music they deign to release and grade them on a curve because of it?‘High Hopes’ Review: Bruce Springsteen Lowers the Bar
January 7, 2014
General Wotherspoon did not deign to reply, but walked away.The Devil's Dictionary
Mrs. Beasley, whether she heard or not, did not deign to reply.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
She would not ask questions or deign to appear excited, not she.
I think he had not thought of the anchor, but he did not deign to explain.
Victor, whose foot was on the step of the car, did not deign to turn.
- (intr) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescendhe will not deign to speak to us
- (tr) archaic to vouchsafehe deigned no reply
Word Origin and History for deign
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.