showing or implying a usually patronizing descent from dignity or superiority: They resented the older neighbors' condescending cordiality.

Origin of condescending

First recorded in 1630–40; condescend + -ing2
Related formscon·de·scend·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·de·scend·ing, adjectivenon·con·de·scend·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·de·scend·ing·ness, nounun·con·de·scend·ing, adjectiveun·con·de·scend·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for condescending Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for uncondescending

Historical Examples of uncondescending

  • 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 uncondescending



showing or implying condescension by stooping to the level of one's inferiors, esp in a patronizing way
Derived Formscondescendingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for uncondescending



1707, present participle adjective from condescend. Originally in a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).

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