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deign - verb

To deem worthy of notice or account; to think it appropriate to one’s dignity.

No professor, so far as I know, has ever deigned to give the same sober attention to the sermo plebeius [uneducated speech] of his country that his colleagues habitually give to the pronunciation of Latin, or to the irregular verbs in French.

—H. L. Mencken The American Language (1921)

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