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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 6th August 2021
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deign (verb) DAYN

Condescend, stoop to.

I can't afford to hang around here waiting until you deign to come back to collect me.

Jennifer Taylor, Destined to Love. Amazon

They laugh uproariously at words and gestures from the stage which in normal life they would not deign to notice.

Peter Phillips, The Spectator, 6 November 2004. Spectator

Previously, if viewers missed a programme they had to wait patiently in the hope that the BBC would deign to repeat it.

Matt Warman, Telegraph, 20 December 2007. Telegraph

And what have we been offered of late? “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and, heaven preserve us, “Spanglish,” a film that whisks us through six years in the life of its Mexican heroine in a single voice-over and does not deign to slow down until she starts working for white folks.

Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 14 March 2005. The New Yorker

Yet many drinkers still won't deign to sip wine from a spigot, no matter how many times they're told that the quality has improved.

Brendan Koerner, The New York Times, 14 January 2007. New York Times

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