de·​raign | \ də̇ˈrān, dē- \

Definition of deraign

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to defend or prove (a claim) or settle (a dispute) especially in personal combat
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Definition of deraign (Entry 2 of 2)

: to discharge from a religious order

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Transitive verb (2)

deraignment noun, plural -s obsolete

History and Etymology for deraign

Transitive verb (1)

Middle English dereynen, deraynen, from Old French deraisnier to defend, champion, from de- + raisnier to speak, plead, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin rationare, from Latin ration-, ratio reckoning, calculation, reason

Transitive verb (2)

Middle French desrengier to get out of place, disarrange

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“Deraign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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