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[kon-duh-sen-shuh n] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən/
an act or instance of condescending.
behavior that is patronizing or condescending.
voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as inferior.
Origin of condescension
1635-45; < Late Latin condēscēnsiōn- (stem of condēscēnsiō). See con-, descension
Related forms
[kon-duh-sen-siv] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn sɪv/ (Show IPA),
condescensively, adverb
noncondescension, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for condescension
  • Either way, step down--the superiority and condescension is far more disdainful than branding a calf.
  • Such condescension may not warrant the label hubris, but it partakes of an unearned sense of superiority.
  • We do not appreciate condescension and the contrived deference accorded to the elderly.
  • Your condescension toward new technology and fresh ideas is tedious and overblown.
  • Few artifacts of popular culture invite more condescension than the made-for-television movie.
  • Aside from the complete condescension you offer, you do have a point.
  • Instead, they resort to pejoratives and condescension.
  • condescension notwithstanding, that argument makes sense.
  • Choreography for children may look simple, but the trick is to showcase their abilities without condescension.
  • Barnett appropriately renders them without condescension.
British Dictionary definitions for condescension


the act or an instance of behaving in a patronizing way
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Word Origin and History for condescension

1640s, from Late Latin condescensionem, noun of action from past participle stem of condescendere (see condescend).

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