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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who
            treat others with condescension [syn: arch, patronizing,