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.

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

condescender, condescendent, noun Unabridged
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condescend (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd)
1.  to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly
2.  to do something that one regards as below one's dignity
[C14: from Church Latin condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. condescendere, from L.L. condescendere "to let oneself down," from L. com- "together" + descendere "descend." Originally "to yield deferentially;" sense of "to sink willingly to equal terms with inferiors" is from 1610s.
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Example sentences
Don't condescend to ridicule others' egotism, it only draws attention to your
  own hypocrisy.
To speak of his growth at this point would be to condescend.
The minority who hates him appeals to the ignorance of those who condescend to
It is not that people are unwilling to condescend to the castes below them.
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