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condescend

con·de·scend

condescend

 
pronunciation:
kan dih send
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: condescended, condescending, condescends
definition 1: to agree to descend to a level less dignified or less privileged than one's own; deign.
The farmer's children were surprised that the great lady from the manor condescended to speak with them.
similar words:
deign
definition 2: to act as if one were of superior rank or station, treating others as inferior; patronize.
Must you condescend to me, as if I were an idiot?
similar words:
patronize
derivation: condescender (n.)