Definition of deign in English:

deign

Syllabification: deign
Pronunciation: /dān
 
/

verb

[no object]
  • 1Do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity: she did not deign to answer the maid’s question
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    • There is a third, rather stupid, tax distributional question, concerned with the impact of any such tax, but since I think the proposal out of court in principal, I will not deign to even consider this.
    • He is the ultimate rage freak, glorying in the heat of his negative reviews while rarely deigning to actually consider the positive.
    • He can, however, tap dance, and does so here, something Noel Coward wouldn't even have deigned to consider.
  • 1.1 [with object] archaic Condescend to give (something): he had deigned an apology
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    • She didn't deign a reply until she was about three feet away.
    • Anthony didn't deign a reply because the teacher had now started to speak.
    Synonyms
    condescend, stoop, lower oneself, demean oneself, humble oneself; consent, vouchsafe
    informal come down from one's high horse

Origin

Middle English: from Old French degnier, from Latin dignare, dignari 'deem worthy', from dignus 'worthy'.

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