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Definition of "deign" []

  • To think it appropriate to one's dignity; condescend: wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door. See Synonyms at stoop1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe. "Nor would we deign him burial of his men” ( Shakespeare). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deign" in a sentence
  • "Is the word deign used correctly here: Did the guy actually think he would deign that question with a response?"
  • "An American Dictionary of the English Language, s.v., "deign," second listing)."
  • "It could be that religious believers deign to tolerate other religions purely for self-preservation, calculating that since no single religion has majority status it is best to grant a full measure of liberty to other faiths, to ensure maximum liberty for oneself."
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