[kon-duh-sen-duh ns]
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Origin of condescendence

First recorded in 1630–40; condescend + -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for condescendence

airs, disdain, loftiness, patronization, superiority

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British Dictionary definitions for condescendence


  1. Scots law a statement of facts presented by the plaintiff in a cause
  2. a less common word for condescension
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Word Origin and History for condescendence

1630s, from French condescendance, from condescendre, from Latin condescendere (see condescend).

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