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
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.
But doing so can be condescending and hurtful—especially at this key moment in a child’s development, Smith says.
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.
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.
King is the top name in the women’s game and therefore has the most to complain about in terms of unfair remuneration, a situation the condescending big cheese of the sport, Jack Kramer (a very good Bill Pullman), staunchly refuses to adjust.
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.
There’s a difference between sharing in another culture and making use of it in a condescending way.
Halsey also has spoken about the condescending way music festivals like Coachella are marketed to female music fans.
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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
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