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  • Disregard superiority when engaging with others
         *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.
  • To assume a tone of superiority when it is unjustified
         *Those who thought they were honoring me by condescending to address a few words to me. --F. W. Robinson.
  • To consent
         All parties willingly condescended hereunto. --R. Carew.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Con`de*scend" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Condescended; p. pr. & vb. n. Condescending.] [F. condescendre, LL. condescendere, fr. L. con- + descendere. See Descend.] 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." Rom. xii. 16.

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.

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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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