- to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.
- to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.
- to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior: He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood.
- to yield.
- to assent.
Origin of condescend
Examples from the Web for condescend
But can you, my dear Miss Howe, condescend to carry on a private correspondence with me?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Would you please to condescend to take a cup of tea with us, sir?
Will you condescend to inform me how you know it, Tom, if you will not inform Annabel?
But by what process a "vital unit" can be evolved, he does not condescend to tell us.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
We cannot, therefore, condescend to imitate him in the way you speak of.
- to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly
- to do something that one regards as below one's dignity
Word Origin and History for condescend
mid-14c., "to yield deferentially," from Old French condescendere (14c.) "to agree, consent, give in, yield," from Late Latin condescendere "to let oneself down," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + descendere "descend" (see descend). Sense of "to sink willingly to equal terms with inferiors" is from mid-15c.