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condescension

[kon-duh-sen-shuh n] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of condescending.
2.
behavior that is patronizing or condescending.
3.
voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as inferior.
Origin of condescension
1635-1645
1635-45; < Late Latin condēscēnsiōn- (stem of condēscēnsiō). See con-, descension
Related forms
condescensive
[kon-duh-sen-siv] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn sɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
condescensively, adverb
noncondescension, noun
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condescension

/ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of behaving in a patronizing way
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Word Origin and History for condescension
n.

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

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