Deign Definition

dān
deigned, deigns
verb
deigned, deigns
To condescend to do something thought to be slightly beneath one's dignity.
The duchess deigned to shake my hand.
Webster's New World
To condescend to give.
To deign no answer.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Antonyms:
  • be proud
  • hold head high
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Origin of Deign

  • From Middle English deignen, from Old French deignier (“consider worthy”), from Latin dignārī, present active infinitive of digno (“consider worthy”), from dignus (“worthy”). Cognate to dignity.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English deinen from Old French deignier to regard as worthy from Latin dignārī from dignus worthy dek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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