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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: condescendre, from Late Latin condescendere, from Latin com- ( COM-) + descendere 'to go down'

condescend

verb
     
con‧de‧scend [intransitive]
1 to behave as if you think you are better, more intelligent, or more important than other people - used to show disapproval
condescend to
Take care not to condescend to your readers.
2 to do something in a way that shows you think it is below your social or professional position - used to show disapproval
condescend to do something
'Yes. I know,' Clara said, condescending to look at Rose for the first time.
condescension noun [uncountable]

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