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Meaning of DEIGN

Pronunciation:  deyn

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

DEIGN is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: condescend, descend
 See Also: act, move



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Deign\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deigned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Deigning}.] [OE. deinen, deignen, OF. degner, deigner,
    daigner, F. daigner, fr. L. dignari to deem worthy, deign,
    fr. dignus worthy; akin to decere to be fitting. See
    {Decent}, and cf. {Dainty}, {Dignity}, {Condign}, {Disdain}.]
    1. To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice; -- opposed to
       disdain. [Obs.]
             I fear my Julia would not deign my lines. --Shak.
    2. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to
       vouchsafe; to allow; to grant.
             Nor would we deign him burial of his men. --Shak.
  2. \Deign\, v. i.
    To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by
    an infinitive.
          O deign to visit our forsaken seats.     --Pope.
          Yet not Lord Cranstone deigned she greet. --Sir W.
          Round turned he, as not deigning Those craven ranks to
          see.                                     --Macaulay.
    Note: In early English deign was often used impersonally.
                Him deyneth not to set his foot to ground.
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