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deign Explained

deign at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1297, from O.Fr. deignier, from L. dignari "to deem worthy or fit," from dignus (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1589). ///

deign at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

v [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: deignier, from Latin dignus 'deserving admiration']// deign to do sth// to do something that you think you are really too important to do - often used humorously// --Travis called after her, but she didn't deign to answer.//

deign at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

40 Moby Thesaurus words for "deign":
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

deign at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[V] (Humility): be humble, deign, condescend, shrink.

deign at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[V to inf] (disapproving) to do sth in a way that shows you think you are too important to do it
She just grunted, not deigning to look up from the page.

Deign at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Deign \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.

Deign \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.

deign at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

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

deign at English (WD) Of Explained:



From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » deignen||lang=enm, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » deignier||lang=fro|consider worthy, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » dignari|dignārī|lang=la, present active infinitive of Inter: term » digno||lang=la|consider worthy, from Inter: term » dignus||lang=la|worthy. Cognate to Inter: term » dignity|lang=en.


* Inter: rhymes » eɪn
  • Homophones: Dane


    Inter: en-ver » b

  • Inter: intransitiv » e To condescend; to accept as appropriate to one's dignity.
    1. : He didnt even deign to give us a nod of the head; he thought us that far beneath him.''
    2. : The priest deigned a glance at the girl, but replied to her by addressing her husband.
    3. Inter: transitiv » e To condescend to give; to do something.
    4. : They didnt deign us our clothing before we were put outside.''

      Related terms

      * Inter: l » en|dignity


      Inter: trans-top » (intransitive) to condescend

  • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|благоволявам, Inter: t- » bg|снизхождавам
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|verwaardigen
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|suvaita
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ღირსად ჩათვალა|sc=Geor Inter: t- » ka|აღირსა|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t- » de|herablassen

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Hungarian: Inter: t- » hu|lesüllyed, Inter: t+ » hu|leereszkedik
    • Latin: Inter: t+ » la|digno
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|повела|tr=póvela, Inter: t- » mk|удостојува|tr=udostójuva
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|снизойти|n|tr=snizoiti|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|соблаговолить|n|tr=soblagovolit'|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|соизволить|n|tr=soizvolit'|sc=Cyrl
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|udostojiti

    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * dinge
    Category: Category:English words not following the I before E except after C rule -
    Translation: et » deign
    Translation: el » deign
    Translation: fa » deign
    Translation: fr » deign
    Translation: ko » deign
    Translation: io » deign
    Translation: kn » deign
    Translation: ka » deign
    Translation: lt » deign
    Translation: my » deign
    Translation: pl » deign
    Translation: fi » deign
    Translation: te » deign
    Translation: vi » deign
    Translation: zh » deign