WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object) 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. . Obsolete to yield. to assent. Origin of condescend 1300–50; Middle English condescenden
Late Latin condēscendere
Middle English condescendre
Middle French Related forms con·des·cend·er, con·des·cend·ent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for condescendent verb (intr) 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
C14: from Church Latin
condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend
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Word Origin and History for condescendent adj.
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.
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