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condescend

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A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnd/, SAMPA: /%kQndI"sEnd/
  • (US) IPA: /ˌkɑːndɪˈsɛnd/, SAMPA: /%kA:ndI"sEnd/


Verb

Infinitive
to condescend

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to condescend (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To 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.
  2. (intransitive) 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.
  3. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To consent.
    All parties willingly condescended hereunto. --R. Carew.

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