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condescend

[kon-duh-send] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.
2.
to stoop or deign to do something:
He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.
3.
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.
4.
Obsolete.
  1. to yield.
  2. to assent.
Origin of condescend
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English condescenden < Late Latin condēscendere (see con-, descend); replacing Middle English condescendre < Middle French
Related forms
condescender, condescendent, noun
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  • Until you condescend to explain, I can't allow you to mix with the rest of the school.

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  • Jeanbernat did not condescend to notice them, but went his way, upright like a tree, through the clear night.

  • We cannot, therefore, condescend to imitate him in the way you speak of.

  • If I could afford it a hundred times over, I would not condescend to such folly.

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  • Would she not condescend to wear a few gems in her petticoat?

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  • Alice would not condescend to join her reprobate brother, even in abuse of Adela.

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  • Our wives, if they condescend to have any offspring at all, limit the output to one.

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  • A kind, proud woman, who'll do what people with no pride would not condescend to think of.

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  • Only once did he condescend to explain them fully, but the impression was lasting.

British Dictionary definitions for condescend

condescend

/ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd/
verb (intransitive)
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
Word Origin
C14: from Church Latin condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend
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Word Origin and History for condescend
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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