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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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Word Origin and History for un-condescending

condescending

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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