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Definition of "condescend" [con•de•scend]

  • To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself. See Synonyms at stoop1. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "condescend" in a sentence
  • "Will you, Wallace, again condescend to save a country that has treated you so ungratefully?"
  • "Does one of your name condescend to a dirty trade, and serve women that are not fit to tie a Douglas's shoe, and then come to me and talk of what's possible."
  • "Absolutely, Bellville, if I do condescend, which is yet extremely doubtful, we will live in the style of lovers; I hate the dull road of common marriages: no impertinent presuming on the name of husband; no saucy freedoms; I will continue to be courted, and shall expect as much flattery, and give myself as many scornful airs, as if I had never honored you with my hand."