Examples of condescending in a Sentence
- The next big sequel to roll off the assembly line (awful, condescending phrase, but this is a case of what you have to do when the shoe fits) is going to be a sequel to "Rebecca," Daphne du Maurier's classic 1930's suspense novel. —Stephen King, New York Times Book Review, 6 June 1993
- … when the picturesque was seen close up, the "happy poverty" of the peasant was not always happy. There was something unpleasantly condescending, an element of esthetic slumming in the tourist's or the artist's view of picturesqueness. —Anatole Broyard, New York Times Book Review, 1 Oct. 1989
- I always imagined publishers were rather snarky and condescending and made a point of crabbing one's work, but he didn't a bit. —Elizabeth Bowen, letter, 19 Jan. 1923
His comments were offensive and condescending to us.
Recent Examples of condescending from the Web
Tom is such an incredible man and very eloquent and able to express his vision so beautifully and without being condescending or patronizing.
Probably even more, given the condescending and defensive way in which the NHL’s expansion team defended itself.
Fact: Howard Cosell draped an arm around tennis star Rosie Casals during the match commentary The condescending move was all-too-real and broadcast on live TV.
The Hoosiers in recent years have been a mirage, is my point, but let’s be (condescending and) clear: A mirage is a step in the right direction.
The piece adopted a condescending tone towards India’s unique and globally acknowledged sanitation programme, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), and makes unsubstantiated and unwarranted conclusions based on limited research.
The president of the Petrograd Soviet, a Menshevik, welcomed Lenin with a condescending speech and reminded him that all Socialists now had to work together.
But doing so can be condescending and hurtful—especially at this key moment in a child’s development, Smith says.
The trip became well-known when Linton posted an Instagram of herself alighting a government plane and hashtagged her expensive clothing, leading to a condescending exchange with a commenter Linton later apologized for.
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What Is the Difference Between condescending and patronizing?
Very few words in English have exactly the same meaning; even words which appear to be entirely synonymous often will be found to have small differences in certain contexts. The words condescending and patronizing present a fine example of this. At first glance these words appear to be defined somewhat circularly: condescending often has the word "patronizing" in its definition, and patronize is defined, in part, as “to adopt an air of condescension toward.”
But both of these words have specialized senses that lend a shade of meaning to their synonymous senses. Patronizing can mean "giving support to" or "being a customer of," suggesting that the "condescending" sense implies superiority gained through a donor-dependent relationship.
The verb condescend used to be free of any hint of the offensive superiority it usually suggests today. It could mean literally "to go or come down" or, figuratively, "to willingly lower oneself to another’s level," senses that are still occasionally encountered in writings on the Bible. The idea of self-consciously lowering oneself is implied in the "patronizing" sense of condescending.
CONDESCENDING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of condescending for English Language Learners
: showing that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people
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