condescension

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noun con·de·scen·sion \ ˌkän-di-ˈsen(t)-shən \

Definition of condescension

1 :voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in relations with an inferior
2 :patronizing attitude or behavior
  • scoffing condescension by the "we know better than you" people
  • —A. J. Anderson

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Origin and Etymology of condescension

Late Latin condescension-, condescensio, from condescendere — see condescend


CONDESCENSION Defined for English Language Learners

condescension

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Definition of condescension for English Language Learners

  • : the attitude or behavior of people who believe they are more intelligent or better than other people



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