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condescending

[kon-duh-sen-ding] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn dɪŋ/
adjective
1.
showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority:
They resented the older neighbors' condescending cordiality.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; condescend + -ing2
Related forms
condescendingly, adverb
noncondescending, adjective
noncondescendingly, adverb
noncondescendingness, noun
uncondescending, adjective
uncondescendingly, adverb
Synonyms
patronizing, disdainful, supercilious.
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British Dictionary definitions for condescendingly

condescending

/ˌkɒndɪˈsɛndɪŋ/
adjective
1.
showing or implying condescension by stooping to the level of one's inferiors, esp in a patronizing way
Derived Forms
condescendingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for condescendingly

condescending

adj.

1707, present participle adjective from condescend. Originally in a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).

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