[ kon-duh-send ]
/ ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd /
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.
- to yield.
- to assent.
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Origin of condescend
OTHER WORDS FROM condescendcon·des·cend·er, con·des·cend·ent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for condescendent
/ (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd) /
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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