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con·de·scend

 (kŏn′dĭ-sĕnd′)
intr.v. con·de·scend·ed, con·de·scend·ing, con·de·scends
1. To do something that one regards as beneath one's social rank or dignity; lower oneself. See Synonyms at stoop1.
2. To behave in a patronizing or superior manner toward someone: Viewed as a popularizer more than a scholar, he was condescended to by his academic colleagues.

[Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condēscendere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēscendere, to descend; see descend.]

con′de·scend′er n.

condescend

(ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd)
vb (intr)
1. to act graciously towards another or others regarded as being on a lower level; behave patronizingly
2. to do something that one regards as below one's dignity
[C14: from Church Latin condēscendere to stoop, condescend, from Latin dēscendere to descend]

con•de•scend

(ˌkɒn dəˈsɛnd)

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.
3. to put aside one's dignity or superiority voluntarily and assume equality with one regarded as inferior.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin condēscendere to come down to another's level]

condescend


Past participle: condescended
Gerund: condescending

Imperative
condescend
condescend
Present
I condescend
you condescend
he/she/it condescends
we condescend
you condescend
they condescend
Preterite
I condescended
you condescended
he/she/it condescended
we condescended
you condescended
they condescended
Present Continuous
I am condescending
you are condescending
he/she/it is condescending
we are condescending
you are condescending
they are condescending
Present Perfect
I have condescended
you have condescended
he/she/it has condescended
we have condescended
you have condescended
they have condescended
Past Continuous
I was condescending
you were condescending
he/she/it was condescending
we were condescending
you were condescending
they were condescending
Past Perfect
I had condescended
you had condescended
he/she/it had condescended
we had condescended
you had condescended
they had condescended
Future
I will condescend
you will condescend
he/she/it will condescend
we will condescend
you will condescend
they will condescend
Future Perfect
I will have condescended
you will have condescended
he/she/it will have condescended
we will have condescended
you will have condescended
they will have condescended
Future Continuous
I will be condescending
you will be condescending
he/she/it will be condescending
we will be condescending
you will be condescending
they will be condescending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been condescending
you have been condescending
he/she/it has been condescending
we have been condescending
you have been condescending
they have been condescending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been condescending
you will have been condescending
he/she/it will have been condescending
we will have been condescending
you will have been condescending
they will have been condescending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been condescending
you had been condescending
he/she/it had been condescending
we had been condescending
you had been condescending
they had been condescending
Conditional
I would condescend
you would condescend
he/she/it would condescend
we would condescend
you would condescend
they would condescend
Past Conditional
I would have condescended
you would have condescended
he/she/it would have condescended
we would have condescended
you would have condescended
they would have condescended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.condescend - behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
2.condescend - do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
3.condescend - debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
4.condescend - treat condescendingly
stoop to - make concessions to
interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"

condescend

verb
1. patronize, talk down to, treat like a child, treat as inferior, treat condescendingly a writer who does not condescend to his readers
2. deign, see fit, lower yourself, be courteous enough, bend, submit, stoop, unbend (informal), vouchsafe, come down off your high horse (informal), humble or demean yourself He never condescended to notice me.

condescend

verb
1. To descend to a level considered inappropriate to one's dignity:
2. To treat in a superciliously indulgent manner:
Informal: high-hat.
Translations
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paradit labvelibu
ráčiť
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condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsend] VI to condescend to sbtratar a algn con condescendencia
to condescend to do sthdignarse (a) hacer algo, condescender a hacer algo

condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd] vi
(= deign) to condescend to do sth → daigner faire qch
(= patronize) → être condescendant(e)
to condescend to sb → traiter qn avec condescendance, prendre qn de haut

condescend

vi
(= stoop)sich herab- or herbeilassen; to condescend to do somethingsich herab- or herbeilassen, etw zu tun, geruhen (geh, iro)or so gnädig sein, etw zu tun
to condescend to somebodyjdn herablassend behandeln; he doesn’t like being condescended toer lässt sich nicht gerne von oben herab behandeln

condescend

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd] vi to condescend to sbtrattare qn con sussiego
to condescend to do sth → degnarsi di fare qc, abbassarsi a fare qc

condescend

(kondiˈsend) verb
to agree (to do something) in spite of one's feeling of superiority. The president of the company condescended to having dinner with the cleaning staff.
ˌcondeˈscending adjective
giving the impression that one is superior. a condescending manner.
ˌcondeˈscendingly adverb
ˌcondeˈscension (-ʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
The reader's neck brought into danger by a description; his escape; and the great condescension of Miss Bridget Allworthy.
Sergey Ivanovitch used to say that he knew and liked the peasantry, and he often talked to the peasants, which he knew how to do without affectation or condescension, and from every such conversation he would deduce general conclusions in favor of the peasantry and in confirmation of his knowing them.
And in consequence of this, the party on the high-screened seats in the kitchen was more numerous than usual; several personages, who would otherwise have been admitted into the parlour and enlarged the opportunity of hectoring and condescension for their betters, being content this evening to vary their enjoyment by taking their spirits-and-water where they could themselves hector and condescend in company that called for beer.
Boythorn showed a manifest desire to abandon his right of way and do whatever Sir Leicester would, which Sir Leicester, conceiving to be a condescension to his illness or misfortune, took in such high dudgeon, and was so magnificently aggrieved by, that Mr.
What the Greek king said excited the vizir's curiousity, and he said to him, "Sire, I beg your majesty to have the condescension to tell me what the vizir said to King Sindbad.
From commerce with students and poor people he had the patronising air, and from dealing always with the sick he had the healthy man's jovial condescension, which some consultants achieve as the professional manner.
And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or in terrorem, or otherwise; yet even Captain Ahab was by no means unobservant of the paramount forms and usages of the sea.
But if we are allowed to sit at meat with her,--ever a royal condescension,--it is ours at least to pass her the salt, to see that she is never kept waiting a moment for the mustard or the pepper, to cut the bread for her with geometrical precision, and to lean as near her warm shoulder as we dare to pour out for her the sacred wine.
Natasha did not like the visitor's tone of condescension to childish things.
When power becometh gracious and descendeth into the visible--I call such condescension, beauty.
The latter felt immensely superior to his friend, but he inclined to condescension.
The subject elevated him to more than usual solemnity of manner, and with a most important aspect he protested that "he had never in his life witnessed such behaviour in a person of rank-- such affability and condescension, as he had himself experienced from Lady Catherine.