con·​de·​scen·​sion | \ ˌkän-di-ˈsen(t)-shən How to pronounce condescension (audio) \

Definition of condescension

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Not only did the public health zealots among us sometimes alienate the holdouts through smugness, condescension, or lack of sympathy, few Americans put pressure on our government or on pharmaceutical companies to share vaccines with poor countries. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 11 Mar. 2022 Morrison’s radical artistry angers leftist reviewers because he clearly is not lost in their world of white liberal blues fetishism and political condescension. Armond White, National Review, 19 May 2021 Further, this assumption brought with it condescension. Marci Shore, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2022 Each scene attests to the journalists’ grit and resilience, as well as their unmistakable excellence and sophisticated skill—without condescension. Yashica Dutt, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2022 That leaves us with the locals, whose characterizations are genuinely warm and affectionate and thankfully free of condescension. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 There’s definitely a British condescension toward us backward Yanks here. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 But there was never any condescension in Haley’s voice. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 In these opening sections, Dack, along with cowriter Audrey Findlay and cinematographer Chananun Chotrungroj, conjures an aching portrait of estrangement without a trace of condescension or sentimentality. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of condescension

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for condescension

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

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The first known use of condescension was in 1647

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“Condescension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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