- 1Show feelings of superiority; 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.
- 1.1Do 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 appearMore 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.
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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.
Middle English (in the sense 'give way, defer'): from Old French condescendre, from ecclesiastical Latin condescendere, from con- 'together' + descendere 'descend'.