An example of deign is to refuse to discuss an issue with friends because one thinks he is too intelligent.
Origin of deignMiddle English deignen ; from Old French deignier ; from Classical Latin dignare, dignari, to deem worthy ; from dignus, worthy: see dignity
verbdeigned, deign·ing, deigns
Origin of deignMiddle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignar&imacron;, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deigns, present participle deigning, simple past and past participle deigned)