Deign meaning

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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.

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To do something that one considers beneath one's dignity; condescend.

Wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door.

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To condescend to do something thought to be slightly beneath one's dignity.

The duchess deigned to shake my hand.

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To condescend to give.

To deign no answer.

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To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe.
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(intransitive) To condescend; to accept as appropriate to one's dignity.

He didn't even deign to give us a nod of the head; he thought us that far beneath him.

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To condescend to give; to do something.
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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

  • 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