condescend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v condescend treat condescendingly
    • v condescend debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
    • v condescend do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    • v condescend behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Condescend To consent. "All parties willingly condescended heruento."
    • Condescend 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.""Can they think me so broken, so debased
      With corporal servitude, that my mind ever
      Will condescend to such absurd commands?"
      "Spain's mighty monarch,
      In gracious clemency, does condescend ,
      On these conditions, to become your friend."
      "Those who thought they were honoring me by condescending to address a few words to me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • condescend To descend from the superior position, rank, or dignity proper or usually accorded to one; voluntarily waive ceremony and assume equality with an inferior; be complaisant, yielding, or consenting in dealings with inferiors; deign.
    • condescend To stoop or submit; be subject; yield.
    • condescend To assent; agree.
    • condescend To agree to submit or furnish; specify; vouchsafe: with upon: as, to condescend upon particulars.
    • condescend Synonyms To stoop, deign, vouchsafe, bend.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Condescend kon-de-send′ to descend willingly from a superior position: to act kindly to inferiors: to deign: to comply: to lower one's self
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Quotations

  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.”
  • John Updike
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    “Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. condescendre, LL. condescendere, fr. L. con-, + descendere,. See Descend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and descendĕre, to descend.

Usage

In literature:

He relented, therefore, and condescended to eat his dinner.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He rarely condescends to smile.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
He had not so condescended.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The Emperor Napoleon condescends to restore my states after forcibly expelling me from them!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
A blank and vacant mind was freely offered to any power of earth or air which would condescend to enter and possess it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
With this demon it makes her an apparition ... condescend to enter; deign to enter.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Condescend the honoured intercession.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Mr Clay did not condescend to talk to any of them.
"Sarah's School Friend" by May Baldwin
We are not often called upon to accept favors from those who are not our superiors but who condescend to us because we are poor or obscure.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
Sid DuPree made the condescending admission that she wasn't half-bad after all.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
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In poetry:

Heaven! in whom can I confide?
Canst thou not for all provide?
Condescend to be my guide
Forever:
"The Slave's Complaint" by George Moses Horton
Not any creature, whether wild or tame —
Not any man, or power, thou canst name,
Can thy deplorable condition mend;
'Till Christ, to better it, shall condescend.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Because he wou'd not with his mistress lie,
Nor condescend her wanton heat to cool,
Joseph was rais'd by providence on high,
And Egypt rul'd, who did his passions rule.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
"Yes, and God, who bade us roll —
God, who hung us in the sky,
Stoops to watch an infant's soul
With a condescending eye;
And esteems it dearer far—
More in value than a star!
"Teaching From The Stars" by Jane Taylor
But time and tide rolled swift away,
And they will usher in a day
When I may sure be free
To rest me at my long lost home,
Where, if thou condescend to come,
Most welcome shalt thou be.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
"My Lord" would never condescend to honour my poor hearth;
"His Grace" would scorn a host or friend of mere plebeian birth;
And yet the lords of human kind, whom man has deified,
For ever meet in converse sweet around my fireside!
"The Fireside" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

"I don't want to be condescended to," a character declares emphatically in "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
One of my moviegoing pet peeves is documentaries that condescend to their subjects.
After more then a decade of supporting Thatcher and the Conservatives, by the mid-'90s, Murdoch felt rebuffed and, worse, condescended to by Thatcher's successor, John Major.
It is typical Obama — off-key, hyper-political, and condescending.
If you're one of those people who lapse into a condescending sneer at the mere mention of Stephen King, leave the room.
Shame on the Democrats if such a rude, obnoxious and condescending performance is what it takes to energize their party.
She's elitist and condescending toward those less informed than she is (i.e.
As a longtime resident of Rockville Centre, I must protest the condescending description of Knole's real estate agent as having "Rockville Centre roots undetectable in that soft upper-crust drawl.".
I've presented papers at dozens of academic conferences, and there's always some condescending academic type who asks me that.
But there's also a condescending side to me that says people who have to be begged to vote probably shouldn't participate in.
"Condescending" to cater message to women.
We didn't want to come across as too harsh or condescending, so we added what we thought was a little firm humor .
I've been savaged, bloodied and insulted, preached to, scorned and condescended to.
Don't Condescend, Parents Know What's Needed.
Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing gets off to a condescending start.
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