[ kon-duh-sen-ding ]
/ ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn dɪŋ /
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showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority: They resented the older neighbors' condescending cordiality.
OTHER WORDS FOR condescending
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Origin of condescending
First recorded in 1630–40; condescend + -ing2
OTHER WORDS FROM condescending
con·de·scend·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·de·scend·ing, adjectivenon·con·de·scend·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·de·scend·ing·ness, noun
un·con·de·scend·ing, adjectiveun·con·de·scend·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use condescending in a sentence
Under Mr. Bryant the Evening Post was an old-fashioned newspaper of uncondescending, uncompromising dignity.Recollections of a Varied Life|George Cary Eggleston
British Dictionary definitions for condescending
/ (ˌkɒndɪˈsɛndɪŋ) /
showing or implying condescension by stooping to the level of one's inferiors, esp in a patronizing way
Derived forms of condescendingcondescendingly, adverb
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