Con·de·scend v. i. [imp. & p. p. Condescended; p. pr. & vb. n. Condescending.]
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.”
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.
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: debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or
dishonorable way; "I won't stoop to reading other people's
mail" [syn: stoop, lower oneself]
4: treat condescendingly [syn: patronize, patronise]