- 1Do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity: she did not deign to answer the maid’s questionMore 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 apologyMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French degnier, from Latin dignare, dignari 'deem worthy', from dignus 'worthy'.