Definition of deign in English:

deign

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Do something that one considers to be beneath one's dignity.

    ‘she did not deign to answer the maid's question’
    • ‘When she actually deigns to meet her constituents it's usually at an afternoon surgery advertised that same day in the local freesheet, which doesn't usually reach her constituents until evening.’
    • ‘Seating is known to ‘belong’ to particular families, with, at the least, sharp looks and some words to anyone else who deigns to sit in one of the ‘best seats.’’
    • ‘He is the ultimate rage freak, glorying in the heat of his negative reviews while rarely deigning to actually consider the positive.’
    • ‘Having wasted two paragraphs and several minutes of our time on nothing but attitude, the Gray Lady finally deigns to let us know what the story is actually about.’
    • ‘Until he deigns to bless us with his musical insights, we must make do with the old.’
    • ‘It happened on the very same roads I drive each fall with my students, looking for burrowing owls, a bird even the most cynical college freshman deigns to call ‘cute.’’
    • ‘There is only ground cover and whatever else she deigns to preserve.’
    • ‘Will they, after the President deigns to consult them, rubber stamp a resolution granting him enormous powers of life and death?’
    • ‘‘I will not deign to answer that stupid question,’ he said.’
    • ‘Why oh why is the nation not more appreciative when he deigns to confer his unique insights onto our lesser minds?’
    • ‘He can, however, tap dance, and does so here, something Noel Coward wouldn't even have deigned to consider.’
    • ‘Kafka never touches ground, he never deigns to offer you the clue to the maze.’
    • ‘There is a third, rather stupid, tax distributional question, concerned with the impact of any such tax, but since I think the proposal out of court in principal, I will not deign to even consider this.’
    • ‘I shall await his answer when he deigns to speak to me.’
    • ‘The only time they interact is when Cal deigns to answer Stewart's many questions about his evening adventures.’
    • ‘He even deigns to sit still for some group shots, even though it really looks like he's just contemplating escape.’
    • ‘You wait until some junior salesperson deigns to notice your apparent desire to be shown a car.’
    • ‘If some one deigns to comment, well and good, although I generally find that most commenters want to argue with me, rather than debate the subject.’
    • ‘I'm honoured that he deigns to share himself with me!’
    • ‘I am not, however, convinced that he is the cool cat who not once deigned to say a mere ‘good morning’.’
    1. 1.1archaic [with object] Condescend to give (something)
      ‘he had deigned an apology’
      • ‘Anthony didn't deign a reply because the teacher had now started to speak.’
      • ‘She didn't deign a reply until she was about three feet away.’
      condescend, stoop, lower oneself, descend, think fit, see fit, deem it worthy of oneself, consent, vouchsafe
      demean oneself, humble oneself
      come down from one's high horse
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French degnier, from Latin dignare, dignari deem worthy from dignus worthy.

Pronunciation

deign

/dān/