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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me the proper meaning of the word in bold in the following brief excerpt from Blavatski’s “From the caves and jungles of Hindustan”?

    This evening we dined at the refreshment rooms of the railway station. Our arrival caused an evident sensation. Our party occupied the whole end of a table, at which were dining many first-class passengers, who all stared at us with undisguised astonishment. Europeans on an equal footing with Hindus! Hindus who condescended to dine with Europeans! These two were rare and wonderful sights indeed.

    I know at least three different meanings of the word in question which complicate to a considerable degree my adequate interpretation:

    condenscend = 1. deign, vouchsave, have the kindness, please
    2. to descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself
    3. to deal with people in a patronizingly superior manner.
    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: condenscended

    2. to descend to the level of one considered inferior; lower oneself

    It has this meaning.


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