Origin of condescension
Related Words for condescensionpatronage, toleration, haughtiness, civility, airs, loftiness, deference, superciliousness
Examples from the Web for condescension
Contemporary Examples of condescension
President Kennedy smiled without a hint of condescension and extended a hand to Douglas that was at once firm and remarkably soft.Michael Daly: My Last Day With JFK
November 11, 2013
The men in The Group behave with glibness, condescension, and even brutality toward the Vassar grads.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy
July 25, 2013
Ironically, their claims of condescension are condescending themselves.GOP: Respect Women or Keep Losing
November 8, 2012
Earlier in the book, Murray waxed indignant about the "condescension toward the rabble" he detected in the new upper class.Social Science Minus the Science
February 8, 2012
They take on a protective stance in public, and they exude insecurity in their condescension.A Toast to Fabulous Women
November 8, 2011
Historical Examples of condescension
O my dear, how my mother's condescension distressed me at the time!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The lunatic approached Cesarini with an air of dignity and condescension.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
The house was kept in a homely manner, and the condescension of Mr Blandois was infinite.
They were always forgiving me, in their vanity and condescension.
And there must be in it no touch of condescension, no shadow of patronage.The Uncommercial Traveller
- the act or an instance of behaving in a patronizing way
Word Origin and History for condescension
1640s, from Late Latin condescensionem, noun of action from past participle stem of condescendere (see condescend).