condescend

[kon-duh-send]
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.
a.
to yield.
b.
to assent.

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

condescender, condescendent, noun
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condescend (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd)
 
vb
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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condescend
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
He helped his friends regularly and never condescended.
Nobody wants to feel condescended to, and the geographic subordination is often part of the same thought process.
But although he neither condescended nor pandered to the average listener, he never lost sight of him or her either.
All the resources of eloquent flattery were exhausted in the praise of noblemen
  who condescended to poetry.
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