condescend

[ 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.
Obsolete.
  1. to yield.
  2. to assent.

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Origin of condescend

1300–50; Middle English condescenden < Late Latin condēscendere (see con-, descend); replacing Middle English condescendre < Middle French

OTHER WORDS FROM condescend

con·des·cend·er, con·des·cend·ent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for condescendent

condescend
/ (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd) /

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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