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.
Recent Examples of deign from the Web
That Francis forced Festing’s resignation without deigning to pick up Burke’s gauntlet was further vindication of the Pope, who will soon appoint his own legate to run the Order.
This pleasant, well-meaning woman, probably 40-45 years old, was practically aghast that a serious wine guy would deign to drink a screwcap wine…in public no less.
The N.B.A. deigned to allow its dunk contest to take place in Brooklyn, even though the real All-Star Game was staged in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden.
Mr. Botha didn't deign to add it, so AF will: punk.
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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
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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