Instead, says Jamelle Bouie, he was condescending and intellectually dishonest.
“Patronizing, condescending, insufferable,” Fox talking head Charles Krauthammer said of Obama.
The reference—and the evasion—spoke volumes about his condescending attitude toward women.
1707, present participle adjective from condescend. Originally in a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).
mid-14c., "to yield deferentially," from Old French condescendere (14c.) "to agree, consent, give in, yield," from Late Latin condescendere "to let oneself down," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + descendere "descend" (see descend). Sense of "to sink willingly to equal terms with inferiors" is from mid-15c.