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deign

verb \ˈdān\

: to do something that you think you should not have to do because you are too important

Full Definition of DEIGN

intransitive verb
:  to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one's superiority that is involved :  stoop <would not even deign to talk to him>
transitive verb
:  to condescend to give or offer

Examples of DEIGN

  1. <I wouldn't deign to answer that absurd accusation.>

Origin of DEIGN

Middle English, from Anglo-French deigner, from Latin dignare, dignari, from dignus worthy — more at decent
First Known Use: 14th century

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DEIGN Defined for Kids

deign

verb \ˈdān\
deigneddeign·ing

Definition of DEIGN for Kids

:  to do something a person considers below his or her dignity <The teenager deigned to play with his little cousin.>

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