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deign (dayn) verb tr. and intr.

To do something reluctantly as if it's beneath one's dignity; to condescend.

[From Middle English deinen, from Old French deignier (to deem worthy), from Latin dignare, a form of dignari, from dignus (worthy). Ultimately from Indo-European root dek- (to take or accept). Other words from the same root are decent, doctor, paradox, decorate, dignity, disdain, indignant, and disciple.]

See more usage examples of deign in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"But he deigned to unleash several less than flattering comments."
Andy Edelstein; Memorable Moments; Newsday (New York); May 23, 2004.

"After a quarter of an hour, he even deigns to remove his sunglasses (always a good idea when inside a windowless room)."
Usher: King of Bling; Independent (London, UK); May 29, 2004.

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