- To condescend is to talk to someone in a way that makes it clear you believe that you are better and smarter.
An example of condescend is if you explain something to an adult with slow, deliberate words as if you were talking to a child.
condescend definition by Webster's New World
- to descend voluntarily to the level, regarded as lower, of the person one is dealing with; be graciously willing to do something regarded as beneath one's dignity; deign
- to deal with others in a proud or haughty way
- Obsolete to make concessions; agree; assent
Origin: Middle English condescenden ; from Old French condescendre ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin condescendere, to let oneself down, condescend ; from Classical Latin com-, together plush descendere, descend
condescend definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb con·de·scend·ed, con·de·scend·ing, con·de·scends
- To descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself. See Synonyms at stoop1.
- To deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner.
Origin: Middle English condescenden, from Old French condescendre, from Late Latin condēscendere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + dēscendere, to descend; see descend.
- conˌde·scendˈer noun