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deign

[ deyn ]
/ deɪn /
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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.

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Origin of deign

1250–1300; Middle English deinen<Old French deignier<Latin dignārī to judge worthy, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -ārī infinitive suffix
deign , dine
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British Dictionary definitions for deign

deign
/ (deɪn) /

verb

(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
C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy
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