[kon-duh-sen-ding] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn dɪŋ/

showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority:
They resented the older neighbors’ condescending cordiality.
[kon-duh-send] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd/
verb (used without object)
to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity.
to stoop or deign to do something:
He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts.
to put aside one’s dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior:
He condescended to their intellectual level in order to be understood.

showing or implying condescension by stooping to the level of one’s inferiors, esp in a patronizing way
verb (intransitive)
to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly
to do something that one regards as below one’s dignity

1707, present participle adjective from condescend. Originally in a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).

mid-14c., “to yield deferentially,” from Old French condescendere (14c.) “to agree, consent, give in, yield,” from Late Latin condescendere “to let oneself down,” from Latin com- “together” (see com-) + descendere “descend” (see descend). Sense of “to sink willingly to equal terms with inferiors” is from mid-15c.


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