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"Condescend" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "tratar con condescendencia", and "condescending" is an adjective which is often translated as "condescendiente". Learn more about the difference between "condescend" and "condescending" below.
condescend
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to talk down to someone; used with "to")
a. tratar con condescendencia
Our son's teacher is kind to the students but never condescends to them.El maestro de nuestro hijo es bueno con los alumnos pero nunca los trata con condescendencia.
2. (to deign; used with "to")
a. dignarse
The duke would never condescend to dress himself; that's what his man is for.El duque jamás se dignaría a vestirse él mismo; para eso está su ayuda de cámara.
b. condescender
I shouldn't condescend to prepare my own food; such work is beneath my station.No debería condescender a preparar mi propia comida; tal trabajo está por debajo de mi posición.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (disdainful)
a. condescendiente
"This really shouldn't be that difficult. I'll just do it for you," said her boss to her in a condescending tone."Esto realmente no debería de ser tan difícil. Lo hago yo mismo", le dijo su jefe con tono condescendiente.
b. altivo
The sales clerk gave us a phony, condescending smile and said "how can I help you?"El dependiente nos hizo una sonrisa falsa y altiva y dijo "¿en qué los puedo ayudar?"
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