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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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British Dictionary definitions for deigns

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 deigns

deign

v.

c.1300, from Old French deignier (Modern French daigner), from Latin dignari "to deem worthy or fit" (source of Italian degnare, Spanish deñar), from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1580s). Related: Deigned; deigning.

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