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
Recent Examples of condescension from the Web
The familiar list of complaints goes on: excessive state interference in all walks of life; punitive tax regimes; a pervasive envy of the rich and famous; and that oh-so-infuriating condescension.
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Origin and Etymology of condescension
Late Latin condescension-, condescensio, from condescendere —see condescend
First Known Use: 1647
CONDESCENSION Defined for English Language Learners
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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