- Deign is defined as to lower one's self to do or say something, and to do so with a high sense of one's own superiority.
An example of deign is to refuse to discuss an issue with friends because one thinks he is too intelligent.
Origin: Middle English deignen ; from Old French deignier ; from Classical Latin dignare, dignari, to deem worthy ; from dignus, worthy: see dignity
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verb deigned, deign·ing, deigns verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignārī, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.