Definition of condescend in English:


Syllabification: con·de·scend
Pronunciation: /ˌkändəˈsend


[no object]
1Show feelings of superiority; be patronizing: take care not to condescend to your reader
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  • 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.
patronize, talk down to, look down one's nose at, look down on, put down
1.1Do something in a haughty way, as though it is below one’s dignity or level of importance: we’ll be waiting for twenty minutes before she condescends to appear
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  • 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.
deign, stoop, descend, lower oneself, demean oneself;
vouchsafe, see fit, consent


Middle English (in the sense 'give way, defer'): from Old French condescendre, from ecclesiastical Latin condescendere, from con- 'together' + descendere 'descend'.



Pronunciation: /-ˈsendəns/
( rare )
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  • It is outrage and disgust that force my pen to paper, outrage at the condescendence of the Minister of National Security in his latest pronouncement on the crime situation in T & T.
  • I was still a former peasant boy, she would one day stand above me like this with that same condescendence and I would be her humble subject.
  • Flynn turned his back on him and laughed with condescendence.

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