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deign v : do something that one considers to be below one's dignity [syn: condescend, descend]

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  • From etyl enm deignen, from etyl fro deignier, from etyl la digno from dignus



  1. To condescend; to accept as appropriate to one's dignity.
    He didn't even deign to give us a nod of the head; he thought us that far beneath him.
  2. To condescend to give; to do something.
    They didn't deign us our clothing before we were put outside.


(intransitive) to condescend

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

OK, accede to, accept, accord to, agree, agree to, approve, approve of, assent, be willing, concede, condescend, connive at, consent, consent to silently, descend, endorse, give consent, go along with, grant, have no objection, hold with, lower oneself, nod, nod assent, not refuse, okay, permit, ratify, sanction, say aye, say yes, stoop, take kindly to, vote affirmatively, vote aye, vouchsafe, wink at, yield, yield assent
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