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mid-15c., from condescend on model of descent.


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  • Condiment

    [kon-duh-muh nt] /ˈkɒn də mənt/ noun 1. something used to give a special flavor to food, as mustard, ketchup, salt, or spices. /ˈkɒndɪmənt/ noun 1. any spice or sauce such as salt, pepper, mustard, etc n. early 15c., from Old French condiment (13c.), from Latin condimentum “spice, seasoning, sauce,” from condire “to preserve, pickle, season,” […]

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