condescend

condescend
condescend mid-14c., "to yield deferentially," from O.Fr. condescendere (14c.) "to agree, consent, give in, yield," from L.L. condescendere "to let oneself down," from L. com- "together" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + descendere "descend" (see DESCEND (Cf. descend)). Sense of "to sink willingly to equal terms with inferiors" is from mid-15c.

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  • Condescend — Con de*scend , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Condescended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Condescending}.] [F. condescendre, LL. condescendere, fr. L. con + descendere. See {Descend}.] 1. To stoop or descend; to let one s self down; to submit; to waive the privilege… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condescend — [kän΄di send′] vi. [ME condescenden < OFr condescendre < LL(Ec) condescendere, to let oneself down, condescend < L com , together + descendere,DESCEND] 1. to descend voluntarily to the level, regarded as lower, of the person one is… …   English World dictionary

  • condescend — I (deign) verb accommodate oneself, accord, be courteous, be gracious, descend, descendere, disregard prestige, grant, humble oneself, lower oneself, sacrifice pride, se submittere, stoop, tolerate, unbend, vouchsafe, waive privilege, yield II… …   Law dictionary

  • condescend — *stoop, deign Analogous words: favor, accommodate, *oblige: vouchsafe, concede, *grant Antonyms: presume …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • condescend — [v] stoop, humble oneself accommodate, accord, acquiesce, agree, be courteous, bend, come down off high horse*, comply, concede, degrade oneself, deign, demean oneself, descend, favor, grant, high hat*, lower oneself, oblige, see fit, submit,… …   New thesaurus

  • condescend — ► VERB 1) show that one feels superior. 2) do something despite regarding it as below one s dignity: he condescended to see me at my hotel. DERIVATIVES condescension noun. ORIGIN Latin condescendere, from descendere descend …   English terms dictionary

  • condescend — v. (formal) 1) (d; intr.) to condescend to (to condescend to cheating) 2) (E) to condescend to mingle with the workers * * * [ˌkɒndɪ send] (E) to condescend to mingle with the workers (formal) (d; intr.) to condescend to (to condescend to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • condescend — UK [ˌkɒndɪˈsend] / US [ˌkɑndəˈsend] verb [intransitive] Word forms condescend : present tense I/you/we/they condescend he/she/it condescends present participle condescending past tense condescended past participle condescended to behave in a way… …   English dictionary

  • condescend — con|de|scend [ˌkɔndıˈsend US ˌka:n ] v [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: condescendre, from [i]Late Latin condescendere, from Latin com ( COM ) + descendere to go down ] 1.) to behave as if you think you are better, more intelligent, or more… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • condescend — con|de|scend [ ,kandə send ] verb intransitive to behave in a way that shows that you think you are more important or more intelligent than other people: condescend to: Try not to condescend to the children. condescend to do something: We waited… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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