- 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.
deign definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English deignen ; from Old French deignier ; from Classical Latin dignare, dignari, to deem worthy ; from dignus, worthy: see dignity
deign definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.