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deign

[deyn] /deɪn/
verb (used without object)
1.
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)
2.
to condescend to give or grant:
He deigned no reply.
3.
Obsolete. to condescend to accept.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English deinen < Old French deignier < Latin dignārī to judge worthy, equivalent to dign(us) worthy + -ārī infinitive suffix
Can be confused
deign, dine.
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Examples for deigned
  • Worse yet, he has deigned to propose conditions for his possible candidacy.
British Dictionary definitions for deigned

deign

/deɪn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to think it fit or worthy of oneself (to do something); condescend he will not deign to speak to us
2.
(transitive) (archaic) to vouchsafe he deigned no reply
Word Origin
C13: from Old French deignier, from Latin dignārī to consider worthy, from dignus worthy
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Word Origin and History for deigned
deign
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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