condescending

[kon-duh-sen-ding]

Origin:
1630–40; condescend + -ing2

condescendingly, adverb
noncondescending, adjective
noncondescendingly, adverb
noncondescendingness, noun
uncondescending, adjective
uncondescendingly, adverb


patronizing, disdainful, supercilious.
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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]

condescending (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛndɪŋ)
 
adj
showing or implying condescension by stooping to the level of one's inferiors, esp in a patronizing way
 
condescendingly
 
adv

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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.

condescending
1707, from condescend. Originally in a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).
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Example sentences
Try to not even think it, so that you don't come across as arrogant or condescending.
What's more, his portrayal of working people is never stereotypical or condescending.
It's a rare feat to be both naive and condescending, but, seriously.
It is an entirely different thing to have the condescending opinions of others loudly announced on every corner of the street.
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