deign

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verb \ˈdān\

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> <One iconoclastic architect, for example, doesn't deign to speak of bathrooms. — Carol Vogel>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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.>

Origin and Etymology of deign

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


First Known Use: 14th century


DEIGN Defined for English Language Learners

deign

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verb \ˈdān\

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

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verb \ˈdān\

Definition of deign for Students

deigned

deigning

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



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