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condescend

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verb con·de·scend \ˌkän-di-ˈsend\

Simple Definition of condescend

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of condescend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to descend to a less formal or dignified level :  unbend b :  to waive the privileges of rank

  3. 2 :  to assume an air of superiority

Examples of condescend in a sentence

  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


CONDESCEND Defined for Kids

condescend

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verb con·de·scend \ˌkän-di-ˈsend\

Definition of condescend for Students

condescendedcondescending

  1. 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. 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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