condescend


con·de·scend

verb \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

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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