\ ˈdān How to pronounce deign (audio) \
deigned; deigning; deigns

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

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Examples of deign in a Sentence

I wouldn't deign to answer that absurd accusation.
Recent Examples on the Web The UConn administration did not deign to participate in the ensuing debate, despite the growing escalation and vitriol. Aron Ravin, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 Her dazzling turn in Hustlers—as the Lucite-cool veteran stripper queen Ramona—once again reminded moviegoers how much Lopez has to offer as a dramatic actor, even if the Academy didn’t deign to notice. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 7 Feb. 2022 At the beginning of her career, Hayek had to develop these inventive looks independently, as many luxury brands wouldn’t deign to dress her. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 If your dog won’t deign to sip from a dish, consider giving this slick and smart dog water bottle from PupFlask a try. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 8 July 2021 The new responsum, in effect, leaves L.G.B.T.Q. Catholics in limbo, trying to make sense of a Church that will not deign to bless their lives. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2021 CBS Sports, the broadcast and business partner of the NCAA, promotes its interactive men’s backet but won’t even deign to offer an interactive women’s bracket. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2021 Some alumni of prestigious schools won’t deign to wear their own school’s gear, anyway. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 18 Jan. 2021 The Supreme Court didn’t even deign to hear his legal arguments about voter fraud. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of deign

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for deign

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

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11 Apr 2022

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“Deign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdān How to pronounce deign (audio) \
deigned; deigning

Kids Definition of deign

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

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