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deign

[ 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 deign

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

Word Origin for deign

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