Examples of condescend in a Sentence
I will not condescend to answer the sore loser's charge that I cheated in order to win the race.
wealthy people who tend to be condescending toward their poor relations
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Why should a woman who’s partnered with a controlling, condescending boyfriend on The Amazing Race get as far away from him as possible?
And 2018 seems like an especially good time for an active, unapologetic heroine who is neither condescended to nor sexualized.
Lisa Simpson, ardent feminist, vegetarian, Buddhist, passionate about animals and environment, eternally moral and empathetic, would be the least likely to dismiss Kondabolu’s arguments with condescending oh-wells.
But condescending to the cultural values of half of America will not make our nation’s pets any safer; especially since the connection between storing dogs in overhead bins and canine suffocation is tenuous, at best.
In a nasty supporting role, Walter is typically great as a mother who frets for her son's future but whose condescending meanness toward him (born from anger over his oddness) threatens to undermine his chances of achieving happiness.
Facebook is condescending to entire countries and is proving unable or unwilling quickly to right its wrongs.
The modern history of foreign interactions with China is littered with such sometimes condescending attempts.
The girls, fairly adventurous eaters, were impressed by Noodlecat's non-condescending kids options.
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What Is the Difference Between condescending and patronizing?
Very few words in English have exactly the same meaning; even words which appear to be entirely synonymous often will be found to have small differences in certain contexts. The words condescending and patronizing present a fine example of this. At first glance these words appear to be defined somewhat circularly: condescending often has the word "patronizing" in its definition, and patronize is defined, in part, as “to adopt an air of condescension toward.”
But both of these words have specialized senses that lend a shade of meaning to their synonymous senses. Patronizing can mean "giving support to" or "being a customer of," suggesting that the "condescending" sense implies superiority gained through a donor-dependent relationship.
The verb condescend used to be free of any hint of the offensive superiority it usually suggests today. It could mean literally "to go or come down" or, figuratively, "to willingly lower oneself to another’s level," senses that are still occasionally encountered in writings on the Bible. The idea of self-consciously lowering oneself is implied in the "patronizing" sense of condescending.
CONDESCEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of condescend for English Language Learners
: 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
CONDESCEND Defined for Kids
Definition of condescend for Students
- These two great commanders did not condescend to fight in person …
- —Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer
- She only condescended to speak to me because she needed something.
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