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condescend


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Can  they  think  me  so  broken,  so  debased  With 
  corporal  servitude,  that  my  mind  ever  Will 
  condescend  to  such  absurd  commands?  --Milton. 
 
  Spain's  mighty  monarch,  In  gracious  clemency,  does 
  condescend,  On  these  conditions,  to  become  your 
  friend.  --Dryden. 
 
  Note:  Often  used  ironically,  implying  an  assumption  of 
  superiority. 
 
  Those  who  thought  they  were  honoring  me  by 
  condescending  to  address  a  few  words  to  me  --F. 
  W.  Robinson. 
 
  2.  To  consent.  [Obs.] 
 
  All  parties  willingly  condescended  heruento.  --R. 
  Carew. 
 
  Syn:  To  yield;  stoop;  descend;  deign;  vouchsafe. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  condescend 
  v  1:  behave  in  a  patronizing  and  condescending  manner 
  2:  do  something  that  one  considers  to  be  below  one's  dignity 
  [syn:  {deign},  {descend}] 
  3:  act  in  an  undignified  or  dishonorable  way  "I  won't  stoop  to 
  this"  [syn:  {stoop},  {lower  oneself}] 
  4:  treat  condescendingly  [syn:  {patronize}] 




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