deign to (do something)

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deign to (do something)

To condescend to do something; to do something that one considers below one's status. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll deign to call his own mother.
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References in classic literature ?
His Majesty the Emperor has deigned to send your excellency a project submitted by me.
No matter,' was all the captain deigned to say in answer.
Having relieved his mind by this energetic proceeding, he condescended to approach the festive board, and warming by degrees, at length deigned to preside, and even to enchant the company with a song.
The group is continuing with the modernisation of its fleet during the winter period as well as increasing the range of products and services it offers, which is deigned to better meet the needs of its customers.
Louis, Raymond Burke, are out to get revenge on the religious sisters who deigned to support the recent health care bill or who chose to retain the integrity of their personal and communal lives.
None of the main parties ever deigned to mention in their election campaigns why we are expending the lives of our servicemen (now on a daily basis) guarding fields of opium poppies in Afghanistan.
Until earlier this month, however, the Michelin guide hadn't deigned to notice until that Fraiche existed at all
Two Pakistani police officers were killed last Thursday in a raid deigned to free the kidnapped Iranian diplomat, Heshmatollah Attarzadeh-Niaki.
These restaurants are deigned to feature food offerings while maintaining their special treat heritage.
The program, which aims to gather a comprehensive archive of Arab accomplishments and creations and to present it in a top-ten bouquet, has deigned to dedicate an entire episode to Arab jewelry designers.
The center is deigned to help patients manage diabetes related to a number of different factors, including type I and type II diabetes management, insulin pump usage, blood pressure, lipid and weight management, she said.
There are eight matches on the schedule, yet with so much dependent on other results only Ladbrokes had deigned to price up even a single contest last night.
Direct reprisals against civilians and other forms of collective punishment are war crimes, after all, regardless of whether or not the perpetrator has deigned to sign that part of the Geneva Conventions defining them as such.
Millions are apparently pleased that Oprah has deigned to descend from the mountaintop of daytime television to help Americans choose their next president.
Mr Salmond insists he is just allowing all sides to put their case, yet it took a local campaign group a lot of time and effort before he deigned to speak to them.