- 1Show that one feels superior; be patronizing: take care not to condescend to your readerMore example sentences
- Because, simply, the producers of media for young people can't patronise or condescend to their audience.
- Like Jennifer Tilly, Brad doesn't condescend to the material, as many actors might; he treats the character very seriously.
- Kids demand shows that are smart and have lots of action and they remember if you condescend to them.
- 1.1 [with infinitive] Do something in such a way as to emphasize that one clearly regards it as below one’s dignity or level of importance: he condescended to see me at my hotelMore example sentences
- Are the good folk of Peebles really going to vote for him because he condescended to spend 50 minutes in their midst?
- He condescended to send something which had already appeared somewhere else.
- Because of Soong's outstanding vote record in the 2000 presidential election, both he and his party members feel wronged by his having to condescend to accepting the vice presidential seat.
Middle English (in the sense 'give way, defer'): from Old French condescendre, from ecclesiastical Latin condescendere, from con- 'together' + descendere 'descend'.