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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Definitions for deign

  1. To think worthy; to condescend -- followed by an infinitive.
  2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to grant.

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Citations for deign
Not until I pour vodka on his shirt does he deign to acknowledge my existence. Jay McInerney, Model Behavior
Maybe the President does not deign to read op-ed pages, but his speechwriters surely do. William Safire, New York Times
Origin of deign
Deign comes from Old French deignier, "to regard as worthy," from Latin dignari, from dignus, "worthy." It is related to dignity, "the quality or state of being worthy."