Definition of deign in English:


Syllabification: deign
Pronunciation: /dān


[no object]
1Do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity: she did not deign to answer the maid’s question
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
condescend, stoop, lower oneself, demean oneself, humble oneself;
consent, vouchsafe
informal come down from one's high horse


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

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