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 of rank or dignity; to accommodate one's self to an inferior. ``Condescend to men of low estate.'' --Rom. xii. 16. [1913 Webster]

Can they think me so broken, so debased With corporal servitude, that my mind ever Will condescend to such absurd commands? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Spain's mighty monarch, In gracious clemency, does condescend, On these conditions, to become your friend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: Often used ironically, implying an assumption of superiority. [1913 Webster]

Those who thought they were honoring me by condescending to address a few words to me. --F. W. Robinson. [1913 Webster]

2. To consent. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All parties willingly condescended heruento. --R. Carew.

Syn: To yield; stoop; descend; deign; vouchsafe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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