verb (used without object)
to think fit or in accordance with one's dignity; condescend: He would not deign to discuss the matter with us.
verb (used with object)
to condescend to give or grant: He deigned no reply.
Obsolete. to condescend to accept.

1250–1300; Middle English deinen < Old French deignier < Latin dignārī to judge worthy, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -ārī infinitive suffix

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deign (deɪn)
1.  (intr) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescend: he will not deign to speak to us
2.  archaic (tr) to vouchsafe: he deigned no reply
[C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. deignier, from L. dignari "to deem worthy or fit," from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1589).
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Example sentences
Whom she affects, she wants no mind to deign.
The wife of the star pitcher would, very likely, not deign to speak to the wife
  of the utility shortstop.
The new restaurant -- christened Baldoria -- will actually deign to accept
  them, unlike the old.
He doesn't deign to reply.
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