dignation

noun

plural -s
obsolete
: the act of showing esteem especially to an inferior : condescension

Word History

Etymology

Middle English dignacion, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French dignation, from Latin dignation-, dignatio, from dignatus (past participle of dignare, dignari to consider worthy, deign) + -ion-, -io -ion

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dignation was in the 15th century

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“Dignation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dignation. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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