- 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
Related Words for condescendvouchsafe, accord, submit, acquiesce, grant, oblige, yield, accommodate, favor, concede, descend, deign, agree, comply, bend, unbend
Examples from the Web for condescend
Historical Examples of 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 for condescend
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.