[ deyn ]
/ deɪn /
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verb (used without object)
to think it appropriate to 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
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English deinen, de(i)gnen, from Old French de(i)gnier, from Latin dignārī, dignāre “to judge worthy,” equivalent to dign(us) “worthy” + -ārī infinitive suffix
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH deigndeign , dine
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How to use deign in a sentence
Chewing on a thick piece of gum, Moss ceremoniously pulled it out when deigning to talk.Britain's Naughty 'It' Girls|Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni|May 11, 2009|DAILY BEAST
“Put it down,” repeated Conscience authoritatively, deigning no longer to argue or entreat.Eric, or Little by Little|Frederic W. Farrar
The youth, without deigning to look at him, closed the door in sullen grief, and departed.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Mendelssohn showed his displeasure by never deigning to give the slightest attention to the worthless creature.Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography.|Solomon Maimon
"Bring him outside boys," said Ben, without deigning to reply to this protest, and clanged out to the car.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
The gendarme passed on, without deigning to thank the wretched looking man in a faded fez and torn coat.Eastern Nights - and Flights|Alan Bott
British Dictionary definitions for deign
/ (deɪn) /
(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 for deign
C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy
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