Origin of deignMiddle English deignen from Old French deignier from Classical Latin dignare, dignari, to deem worthy from dignus, worthy: see dignity
An example of deign is to refuse to discuss an issue with friends because one thinks he is too intelligent.
verbdeigned, deign·ing, deigns
Origin of deignMiddle English deinen from Old French deignier to regard as worthy from Latin dignārī from dignus worthy ; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deigns, present participle deigning, simple past and past participle deigned)
- She does not deign to be clever....
- At the next review, they say, the Emperor did not once deign to address him.
- He only saw in her a pretty and fresh young girl, with whom he did not deign to unite his fate.
- "You won't deign to demean yourself by marrying me, you..." said Helene, beginning to cry.
- Llewelyn would not deign to appear before him to render the customary homage due from Wales to the English crown, but sent a series of futile excuses lasting over three years.