Definition of deign
: 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
: to condescend to give or offer never so much as deigning a glance — George Meredith
Examples of deign in a sentence
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
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
Definition of deign for Students
: to do something a person considers below his or her dignity The teenager deigned to play with his little cousin.
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