V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to do something that you consider a great favor or beneath your dignity to do
Synonyms: condescend, stoop, lower (oneself)
Tips: Deign comes from the Latin word dignare, "to deem worthy," from which we also get the modern word "dignity." The modern use indicates that you do not find something worthy of your time or attention. Essentially, it refers to lowering yourself (figuratively).
Everyone wondered if Mr. Smith, the local snob, would deign to attend the party. (condescend, stoop)
I will not deign to respond to these ridiculous accusations; I will treat them with the contempt they deserve. (stoop, lower myself)
I won't deign to dignify your stupid questions with a response. (stoop, lower myself)
She has become somewhat elitist lately, so if she deigns to reply to my letter, I'll be extremely surprised. (stoop, lower)
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