Condescend

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 condescend — *stoop, deign Analogous words: favor, accommodate, *oblige: vouchsafe, concede, *grant Antonyms: presume …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 condescend — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. stoop, deign, descend, vouchsafe. See humility, pride. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. vouchsafe, stoop, deign, lower oneself, humble oneself, demean oneself, degrade oneself, submit with good grace,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 condescend — verb (I) 1 to behave as if you think you are better or more important than other people: She d be a better teacher if she didn t condescend to her students. 2 to do something in a way that shows you think it is below your social or professional… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 condescend — condescender, condescendent, n. /kon deuh send /, v.i. 1. to behave as if one is conscious of descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity. 2. to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts. 3. to… …

    Universalium

  • 15 condescend — verb /ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd,ˌkɑːndɪˈsɛnd/ a) To come down from ones superior position; to deign (to do something). , Spains mighty monarch, In gracious clemency, does condescend, / On these conditions, to become your friend. Dryden. b) To treat someone as… …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 condescend — [[t]kɒ̱ndɪse̱nd[/t]] condescends, condescending, condescended 1) VERB (disapproval) If someone condescends to do something, they agree to do it, but in a way which shows that they think they are better than other people and should not have to do… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 condescend — verb 1) don t condescend to your reader Syn: patronize, talk down to, look down one s nose at, look down on, put down 2) he condescended to see us Syn: deign, stoop, descend, lower oneself, demean oneself; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 condescend — con•de•scend [[t]ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd[/t]] v. i. 1) to behave as if one is descending from a superior position, rank, or dignity 2) to stoop or deign to do something: He would not condescend to misrepresent the facts[/ex] 3) to put aside one s dignity or …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 condescend — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French condescendre, from Late Latin condescendere, from Latin com + descendere to descend Date: 14th century 1. a. to descend to a less formal or dignified level ; unbend b. to waive the p …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 condescend — Synonyms and related words: OK, accede to, accept, accord to, agree to, approve, approve of, assent, be willing, bridle, connive at, consent, consent to silently, deal with, deign, descend, endorse, give consent, go along with, grant, have no… …

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