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Meaning of CONDESCEND

Pronunciation:  `kândi'send

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  treat condescendingly
  2. [v]  debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"
  3. [v]  do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
  4. [v]  behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
 

CONDESCEND is a 10 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: deign, descend, lower oneself, patronise, patronize, stoop
 
 See Also: act, interact, move, stoop to

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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 objection, hold with, lower oneself, nod, nod assent, not refuse, OK, okay, patronize, permit, ratify, sanction, say aye, say yes, stoop, take kindly to, toss the head, treat, vote affirmatively, vote aye, vouchsafe, wink at, yield assent
 

 

 

 

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