[ 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.

Origin of condescension

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

OTHER WORDS FROM condescension

con·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. 2020

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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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