Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to condescendence: sporadic, felicitation, capricious, altercation


American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Law) Scots law a statement of facts presented by the plaintiff in a cause
2. a less common word for condescension
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


Superciliously indulgent treatment, especially of those considered inferior:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Republic Act 9442, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, gives a person with a disability (PWD) the right to sue a person who will treat him with "disrespect and condescendence."
3 isn't aware of, is the lack survival is to adapt for of condescendence towards purposes of defence, then the peers that s/ he the false self relies on considers unworthy of a yielding to external deeper involvement in the stimuli, on the tendency to relationship with them.
War is always idealistically better in terms of immortality and condescendence than in the actual, naturalistic swallowing of the persistency of death.
This is the classically handsome quarterback addressing the overweight kid without condescendence, treating him as an equal for the first time: "Peter, don't apologize for what you believe", what means, don't apologize for being smart.
All this should put paid to Professor Cremaschi's claim that his own 'reconstruction suggests a way out of familiar conundrums created ex nihilo by the Bonar-Hollander reading': 'How could Malthus be both a utilitarian and the target of Mill-and-co's condescendence; how could an alleged utilitarian be biased in favour of established institutions on the ground of their being already there' (2014, 198).
"The condescendence that was exhibited toward (Wilkens and his lawyers) during trial, however, can only lead this court to agree with the characterizations (made by Wilkens' attorneys in their request for payment) that the government's trial tactics made the litigation more costly and prolonged, and ultimately conclude that it was intended to deter (plaintiffs) from filing lawsuits."
Some people described her as an embittered woman who snubbed fellow researchers and met all Africans with condescendence and rejection.