From the Old French deignier from Latin dignari "to deem worthy" from dignus "accept graciously"
- (+ infinitive) to condescend reluctantly despite one's obvious superiority:
#: He didn't even deign to give us a nod of the head, he thought us that far beneath him.
trans-top|to condescend reluctantly despite one's obvious superiority
- To condescend to give; to do something.
#: They didn't deign us our clothing before we were put outside.