condescendent

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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