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deign

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verb \ˈdān\

Simple Definition of deign

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

Full Definition of deign

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  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>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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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