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

  • If you deign to bring sex out of the bedroom, be discrete.
  • The motto of an aristocratic French family declared: "Roi ne puis, prince ne daigne, Rohan je suis" (King I cannot be; prince I do not deign to be; I am a Rohan).
  • Starting as a cubist, Reinhardt gradually reduced color, texture and deign to almost jet-black canvas squares, with only the slightest shadings of muted colors and black-on-black .
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  • 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 ...
    July 1, 2013 - The New York Observer

  • Clarence Thomas in San Francisco Chronicle
    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."
  • Jimmy Carter in
    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,...
  • Michelle Obama in The Wichita Eagle
    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."

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