condescension

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

Definition of condescension

  1. 1 :  voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in relations with an inferior

  2. 2 :  patronizing attitude or behavior scoffing condescension by the “we know better than you” people — A. J. Anderson

Origin and Etymology of condescension

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


First Known Use: 1647


CONDESCENSION Defined for English Language Learners

condescension

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

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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