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.

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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


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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Definition of deign for Students

deigned

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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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