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General Wotherspoon did not deign to reply, but walked away.

Mrs. Beasley, whether she heard or not, did not deign to reply.

She would not ask questions or deign to appear excited, not she.

I think he had not thought of the anchor, but he did not deign to explain.

Victor, whose foot was on the step of the car, did not deign to turn.

What I have to say is, if you will deign to listen, for your private ear.

To this Paul did not deign a reply, but the same day he rose one in his class.

She did not deign to answer, but she turned on her heel and went out.

Philip received the keys, but did not deign a word of reply.

I did not deign a reply, but followed him, as he led me by a short path to the house.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old French deignier (Modern French daigner), from Latin dignari "to deem worthy or fit" (source of Italian degnare, Spanish deñar), from dignus "worthy" (see dignity). Sense of "take or accept graciously" led to that of "condescend" (1580s). Related: Deigned; deigning.

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