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1. (Law) Scots law a statement of facts presented by the plaintiff in a cause
2. a less common word for condescension


(ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən)

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.
[1635–45; < Late Latin condēscēnsiō. See con-, descension]
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Superciliously indulgent treatment, especially of those considered inferior:
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Sobolev considers the scholarly literature on Hopkins with great care and strives to deal fairly with his predecessors, while deprecating "several secular critics" who, taking what they understand as Hopkins' "orthodoxy" for granted, "think that this gives them the right to perceive him with condescendence, to consider him one of those who are detached from 'real life', whatever this mysterious collocation means" (24).
The passive viewer's perspective (8) leads to idea that the viewer is not complementary to a specialist, due to his condescendence to 'brains' and 'experts', who are able to think.
Others will find traces of colonial condescendence in the portrayal of French Christian monks as social and medical benefactors of indigent Algerian Muslim villagers.