American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To think it appropriate to one's dignity; condescend: wouldn't deign to greet the servant who opened the door. See Synonyms at stoop1.
- v. To condescend to give or grant; vouchsafe. "Nor would we deign him burial of his men” ( Shakespeare).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To think worthy; think well of; think worthy of acceptance.
- To grant or permit, as by condescension or favor.
- To vouchsafe; condescend: with an infinitive for object.
- v. intransitive To condescend; to accept as appropriate to one's dignity.
- v. transitive To condescend to give; to do something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To esteem worthy; to consider worth notice; -- opposed to
- v. To condescend to give or bestow; to stoop to furnish; to vouchsafe; to allow; to grant.
- v. To think worthy; to vouchsafe; to condescend; - - followed by an infinitive.
- v. do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
- From Middle English deignen, from Old French deignier ("consider worthy"), from Latin dignārī, present active infinitive of digno ("consider worthy"), from dignus ("worthy"). Cognate to dignity. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English deinen, from Old French deignier, to regard as worthy, from Latin dignārī, from dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“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.”
“Republican, on the other hand, filibustered and blocked the bill, which attempted to address an issue of major concern to Americans and major importance to the U.S. economy — an issue the GOP's "Pledge to America" doesn't even deign to mention.”
“If Strauss would deign to look at any of the research out of The New Teacher Project, or The Education Trust, she would see this.”
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“This was in part because I, too, would never deign to like a fat guy.”
“Well, Serena Williams is held in awe by nearly all her peers, especially the Americans, but they do not all deign to approach the grand dame of tennis.”
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“Microsoft is accusing Google of foul play with regard to Google's new App Sync software, which allows Gmail users to tap into any records they might deign to keep in Outlook.”
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