2 : to grant favors with a show of being better than others <She only condescended
to speak to me because she needed something.>
Rowling does not condescend
to her readers with a dumbed-down vocabulary or a simple plot.
They made fun of the "old trolls," as they insisted on calling them, although they would condescend
to let them buy us drinks.
Regular readers of CTR are aware of our editorial stance that, in information technology, applications are king and will not condescend
to any lesser role.
Surely, the greater surprise is that a government which for the last 10 years has been so adept in representing the interests of those living within the M25 and north of the border should condescend
to actually having one minister from the West Midlands.
So-and-so's writing speaks out against racism.'" "Failures or refusal to acknowledge complexity among writers from socially marginalized groups," Mackey argues, "no matter how 'well-intentioned,' condescend
to the work and to the writers and thus, hardly the solution they purport to be, are a part of the problem." Mackey contends that such interpretations have dominated literary criticism about nearly all "marginalized" writers, resulting in insufficient attention being paid to the "variance and divergent approaches" inherent in the work of a wide range of authors whose writing "defies canons of accessibility" (18).
That means you can t condescend
to your reader about how the real meaning of pride is an adorable and eccentric boyfriend, a cabin in the Poconos, and an adopted child (and a six-figure salary to support all three).
God comes down to do things for us: he is above us, better than us, stronger than us, and he descends to our level, but 'condescend
' would give the wrong idea.