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condescend

verb con·de·scend \ˌkän-di-ˈsend\

: to show that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people

: to do something that you usually do not do because you believe you are too important to do it

Full Definition of CONDESCEND

intransitive verb
1
a :  to descend to a less formal or dignified level :  unbend
b :  to waive the privileges of rank
2
:  to assume an air of superiority
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Examples of CONDESCEND

  1. <I will not condescend to answer the sore loser's charge that I cheated in order to win the race.>
  2. <wealthy people who tend to be condescending toward their poor relations>

Origin of CONDESCEND

Middle English, from Anglo-French condescendre, from Late Latin condescendere, from Latin com- + descendere to descend
First Known Use: 14th century

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CONDESCEND Defined for Kids

condescend

verb con·de·scend \ˌkän-di-ˈsend\
con·de·scend·edcon·de·scend·ing

Definition of CONDESCEND for Kids

1
:  to stoop to the level of someone considered less important <These two great commanders did not condescend to fight in person … — Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer>
2
:  to grant favors with a show of being better than others <She only condescended to speak to me because she needed something.>

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