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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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.
Glass Pieces rounds out an overlong program with corps dancers walking, bopping, and swaying like time ticking by while sleek principals condescend to appear among them.
If movies about women are made, and taken seriously, less frequently than movies about men, movies about teenage girls have been relegated to their own even more blatantly condescended-upon genre.
Chuck starts out with a tone of assured, smug, condescending compassion.
Enter a cavalcade of strange and bewildering creatures: three crafty hedgehogs, three condescending Lipizzaner horses and an unhinged goat called Lupe.
To mock condescending coastal elitism one week and then engage in it just a few weeks later is particularly baffling.
Critics dubbed the marketing move silly and even condescending.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of condescend
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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