[ kon-duh-sen-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən /


an act or instance of condescending.
behavior that is patronizing or condescending.
voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as inferior.

Nearby words

  1. condensible,
  2. condensing osteitis,
  3. condescend,
  4. condescendence,
  5. condescending,
  6. condescent,
  7. condign,
  8. condignity,
  9. condignly,
  10. condillac

Origin of condescension

First recorded in 1635–45, condescension is from the Late Latin word condēscēnsiōn- (stem of condēscēnsiō). See con-, descension

Related formscon·de·scen·sive [kon-duh-sen-siv] /ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn sɪv/, adjectivecon·de·scen·sive·ly, adverbnon·con·de·scen·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for condescension


/ (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃən) /


the act or an instance of behaving in a patronizing way
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Word Origin and History for condescension



1640s, from Late Latin condescensionem, noun of action from past participle stem of condescendere (see condescend).

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