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Saturday, March 13, 2004

Definitions for deign

  1. To think worthy; to condescend -- followed by an infinitive.
  2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to grant.

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Citations for deign
Not until I pour vodka on his shirt does he deign to acknowledge my existence. Jay McInerney, Model Behavior
Maybe the President does not deign to read op-ed pages, but his speechwriters surely do. William Safire, New York Times
Origin of deign
1250-1300
Deign comes from Old French deignier, "to regard as worthy," from Latin dignari, from dignus, "worthy." It is related to dignity, "the quality or state of being worthy."