condescension

  • 1 Condescension — is a show of disdain and superiority in which the condescending person patronizes, or considers him/herself superior and descends to the level of, the disdained person.[1][2] Condescension can also refer to: Condescension, another name for… …

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  • 2 Condescension — Con de*scen sion, n. [L. condescensio.] The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one s rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. [1913 Webster] It forbids pride . . . and commands humility, modesty, and… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 condescension — index disrespect, pride Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 condescension — 1640s, from L.L. condescensionem, noun of action from pp. stem of condescendere (see CONDESCEND (Cf. condescend)) …

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  • 5 condescension — [n] disdain, superiority airs, civility, deference, haughtiness, loftiness, lordliness, patronage, patronizing attitude, superciliousness, toleration; concept 633 Ant. friendliness, humility, inferiority …

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  • 6 condescension — [kän΄di′sen′shən] n. [LL(Ec) condescensio < pp. of condescendere] 1. act or instance of condescending 2. a patronizing manner or behavior …

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  • 7 condescension — [[t]kɒ̱ndɪse̱nʃ(ə)n[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Condescension is condescending behaviour. There was a tinge of condescension in the way the girl received me …

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  • 8 condescension — noun Etymology: Late Latin condescension , condescensio, from condescendere Date: 1647 1. voluntary descent from one s rank or dignity in relations with an inferior 2. patronizing attitude or behavior …

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  • 9 condescension — condescensive /kon deuh sen siv/, adj. condescensively, adv. /kon deuh sen sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of condescending. 2. behavior that is patronizing or condescending. 3. voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as… …

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  • 10 condescension — condescend ► VERB 1) show that one feels superior. 2) do something despite regarding it as below one s dignity: he condescended to see me at my hotel. DERIVATIVES condescension noun. ORIGIN Latin condescendere, from descendere descend …

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  • 11 condescension — noun The act of condescending; voluntary descent from ones rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. Syn: condescendence …

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  • 12 condescension — Synonyms and related words: Olympian detachment, Olympian loftiness, arrogance, arrogantness, assumption of superiority, condescendence, deigning, domineering, domineeringness, haughtiness, haughty airs, hauteur, high horse, hoity toitiness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 condescension — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. patronization, deigning, haughtiness, disdain; see arrogance , patronage 3 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Superciliously indulgent treatment, especially of those considered inferior: condescendence, patronization. See… …

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  • 14 condescension — con|de|scen|sion [ ,kandə senʃn ] noun uncount FORMAL the behavior of someone that shows they think they are more important or more intelligent than other people …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 condescension — con·de scen·sion || ‚kÉ‘ndɪ senʃn / kÉ’n n. voluntary lowering of oneself; patronizing attitude or behavior, acting in a proud manner toward others …

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  • 16 condescension — n. Graciousness, gracious favor, gracious temper or disposition …

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  • 17 condescension — n 1. deigning, stooping, condescending, condescendence; patronage, patronizing, looking down or upon; scorn, disdain, contempt, disrespect, underestimation; disparagement, discredit, slur, detraction; humiliation, dishonor, offense, insult, Sl.… …

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  • 18 condescension — con·de·scen·sion …

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  • 19 condescension — UK [ˌkɒndɪˈsenʃ(ə)n] / US [ˌkɑndəˈsenʃ(ə)n] noun [uncountable] formal the behaviour of someone that shows they think they are more important or more intelligent than other people …

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  • 20 condescension — con•de•scen•sion [[t]ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən[/t]] n. 1) an act or instance of condescending 2) behavior that is patronizing or condescending 3) voluntary assumption of equality with a person regarded as inferior • Etymology: 1635–45; < LL condēscēnsiō …

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