Condescend (verb)

  1. To behave in a way that shows that one considers oneself superior to others.
  2. To do something that one considers beneath one's dignity.


Late middle english: from latin condescendere, from con- "together" + descendere "descend".


  1. He condescended to speak to the young apprentice.
  2. She refused to condescend to his level of immaturity.
  3. The manager condescended to explain the task to the new employee.
  4. He felt that it was beneath him to condescend to such a request.
  5. The teacher condescended to give extra help to the struggling student.
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