deign deign  /ˈdeɪn/


  • (v) do something that one considers to be below one's dignity



  1. If you deign to bring sex out of the bedroom, be discrete.
  2. And then when you actually do deign to discuss the real issues, you buy into Republican talking points and, worse, refuse to get involved in the details of the matter.
  3. The most feared injuries are to the head, yet few bladers will deign to don helmets.


  • Together At Last! Uber Will Offer One-Day Helicopter Service to the Hamptons

    We’ve all been there: You simply must get to the Hamptons for the Fourth, but my God, the traffic . (Let’s not even deign to discuss the LIRR.) Surely there’s some way to rise above such mundane stresses? Well, good news for anyone who isn’t quite in the position to keep a helicopter pilot on retainer. New York reports that Wednesday, for one day only, UberCHOPPER will shuttle you to a helipad ...
    on July 1, 2013     Source: The New York Observer


  1. After he was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, Thomas accused the Senate committee of conducting "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves."
    on May 25, 2006 By: Clarence Thomas Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  2. As Jimmy Carter wrote the other day: "It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine ...... Very few of them would ever deign to visit the cities of Ramallah, Nablus,...
    on Dec 10, 2006 By: Jimmy Carter Source:

  3. Michelle told a group gathered at a nursing home in Grinnell on Monday that "Barack is one of the smartest people you will ever encounter who will deign to enter this messy thing called politics."
    on Jan 2, 2008 By: Michelle Obama Source: The Wichita Eagle

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