deign

verb \ ˈdān \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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
  • One iconoclastic architect, for example, doesn't deign to speak of bathrooms.
  • —Carol Vogel
transitive verb
: to condescend to give or offer
  • never so much as deigning a glance
  • —George Meredith

Examples of deign in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of deign

Middle English, from Anglo-French deigner, from Latin dignare, dignari, from dignus worthy — more at decent

deign Synonyms

Synonyms
condescend, stoop
Related Words
abase, debase, degrade, demean, discredit, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, lower, shame
Near Antonyms
rise

DEIGN Defined for English Language Learners

deign

verb

Definition of deign for English Language Learners

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


DEIGN Defined for Kids

deign

verb \ ˈdān \

Definition of deign for Students

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


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