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  • She wouldn’t deign to meet with me.
  • Will your majesty deign to excuse me?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • She won’t deign to join us.
  • "I shall deign to speak your language," Boreas said, "as Piper McLean has honored me in mine.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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  • They threw seeds from their hand as if they deigned to fling a scornful gift, and the earth was a beggar under their feet.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Maybe, just maybe, it would deign to answer me.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Though Quin Veturius is seventy-seven years old, women blush when he looks them in the eye, and men wince when he deigns to shake their hands.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • And I can’t see you deigning to settle before you’ve really lived."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • I had deigned to sleep only with tall, exotically handsome narcissists in the past.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • As usual he did not deign to glance at the tent; but when he reached the point where my property line intersected the trail, he stopped as abruptly as if he had run into an invisible wall.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • I didn’t deign to reply, merely nodded once, sharply.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "Your Majesty," said Konn Torin, still without deigning to meet Cinder’s eye.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Nehemia only deigned to give him a terse nod.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She didn’t stop or deign to look at me until we were by our bunks, and she had one fist curled in her bedsheets, ready to pull herself up to the top bed.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • When the tumult had quieted a hit, she began to speak, not deigning to raise her voice, but forcing them to quiet themselves to hear her.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I feel so fortunate that an intellectual giant like yourself would deign to operate on me.’
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • She added that Her Majesty had deigned to show Baron Funke beaucoup d’estime, and again her face clouded over with sadness.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "If the marquise will deign to repeat the words I but imperfectly caught, I shall be delighted to answer," said M. de Villefort.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • When will your Majesty deign to receive him?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • God grant that we may be guided aright, and that He will deign to watch over my husband and those dear to us both, and who are in such deadly peril.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He eyed Bumble askance, as he entered, but scarcely deigned to nod his head in acknowledgment of his salutation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • You know, when you deigned to actually pick up the phone.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Against the fence, in a line, were six chipped-enamel slop jars holding brilliant red geraniums, cared for as tenderly as if they belonged to Miss Maudie Atkinson, had Miss Maudie deigned to permit a geranium on her premises.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Elinor didn’t even deign to reply to this suggestion.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • Vanir did not deign to respond, but rather sheathed his sword and walked away.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Hermione did not deign to respond, but approached Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I obeyed; and hemmed, and called the villain Juno, who deigned, at this second interview, to move the extreme tip of her tail, in token of owning my acquaintance.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He had deigned an explanation, almost an apology, and I did not feel insensible to his condescension, and would not seem so.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ’And, since some target I must show For Cupid’s cruel dart, Oh, if mine own you deign to keep, Then give me your sweet heart!’
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The king, in his inexhaustible clemency, has deigned to commute his penalty to that of penal servitude for life.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He then signed to Heyward to assist the sisters into the saddles, for he seldom deigned to use the English tongue, unless urged by some motive of more than usual moment.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • She does not deign to ask me what it is for.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Finny got up, patted my head genially, and moved on across the field, not deigning to glance around for my counterattack, but relying on his extrasensory ears, his ability to feel in the air someone coming on him from behind.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Eady and his assistant were both "down street," and young Denis, who seldom deigned to take their place, was lounging by the stove with a knot of the golden youth of Starkfield.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I bombarded him with questions and reproaches before he could get a word of explanation in, but he was not going to deign to answer me anyway.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • That now Sweno, the Norways’ king, craves composition; Nor would we deign him burial of his men Till he disbursed, at Saint Colme’s-inch, Ten thousand dollars to our general use.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • The Emperor had deigned to notice him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Whereupon Anne arose, took the pink heart gingerly between the tips of her fingers, dropped it on the floor, ground it to powder beneath her heel, and resumed her position without deigning to bestow a glance on Gilbert.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • The ’prophet’ is right, he is right when he sets a battery across the street and blows up the innocent and the guilty without deigning to explain!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • A dim form appeared at his side, and a voice said— "Wilt deign to deliver thy commands?"
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I deigned to make him no reply; and, taking up my hat, was going out to bed, when he came between me and the door.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • She was about to ask again when one of the soldiers deigned to look in her direction and, judging by the look on his face (as if someone had shoved a smelly radish under his nose), he was not impressed by Alyss’ rough-and-tumble appearance.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • A woman mov’d is like a fountain troubled, Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty; And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • She stood at the desk a long time before the librarian deigned to attend to her.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Honest James ran to his assistance, hauled him up, and from the effort he made was precipitated into the sea in sight of the sailor, who left him to perish, without deigning to look at him.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Then, when she finally does deign to speak to me, it’s only to criticize me some more.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • —without even deigning to cast a glance of disdain upon the two interrupters.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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