An example of deign is to refuse to discuss an issue with friends because one thinks he is too intelligent.
Wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door.
The duchess deigned to shake my hand.
To deign no answer.
Origin of deign
- 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