condescension


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con·de·scen·sion

 (kŏn′dĭ-sĕn′shən)
n.
1. The act of condescending or an instance of it.
2. Patronizingly superior behavior or attitude.

[Late Latin condēscēnsiō, condēscēnsiōn-, from condēscēnsus, past participle of condēscendere, to condescend; see condescend.]

condescension

(ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃən)
n
the act or an instance of behaving in a patronizing way

con•de•scen•sion

(ˌkɒn dəˈsɛn ʃən)

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.
[1635–45; < Late Latin condēscēnsiō. See con-, descension]

Condescension

 a company of actors—Hare.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.condescension - the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness - overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors
2.condescension - a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
3.condescension - affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank; "the queen's condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable"
affability, affableness, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality, amiability - a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

condescension

noun patronizing attitude, superiority, disdain, haughtiness, loftiness, superciliousness, lordliness, airs There was a tinge of condescension in the way the girl received me.

condescension

noun
Superciliously indulgent treatment, especially of those considered inferior:
Translations
تَنازُل
blahosklonnostpovýšenost
nedladenhed
lítillæti; yfirlæti
blahosklonnosť
küçümsemelütuftenezzül

condescension

[ˌkɒndɪˈsenʃən] Ncondescendencia f

condescension

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃən] ncondescendance f

condescension

n (pej)Herablassung f; (= attitude also)herablassende Haltung

condescension

[ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃn] nsussiego, aria di superiorità

condescend

(kondiˈsend) verb
to agree (to do something) in spite of one's feeling of superiority. The president of the company condescended to having dinner with the cleaning staff.
ˌcondeˈscending adjective
giving the impression that one is superior. a condescending manner.
ˌcondeˈscendingly adverb
ˌcondeˈscension (-ʃən) noun
References in classic literature ?
The reader's neck brought into danger by a description; his escape; and the great condescension of Miss Bridget Allworthy.
Sergey Ivanovitch used to say that he knew and liked the peasantry, and he often talked to the peasants, which he knew how to do without affectation or condescension, and from every such conversation he would deduce general conclusions in favor of the peasantry and in confirmation of his knowing them.
And in consequence of this, the party on the high-screened seats in the kitchen was more numerous than usual; several personages, who would otherwise have been admitted into the parlour and enlarged the opportunity of hectoring and condescension for their betters, being content this evening to vary their enjoyment by taking their spirits-and-water where they could themselves hector and condescend in company that called for beer.
Boythorn showed a manifest desire to abandon his right of way and do whatever Sir Leicester would, which Sir Leicester, conceiving to be a condescension to his illness or misfortune, took in such high dudgeon, and was so magnificently aggrieved by, that Mr.
What the Greek king said excited the vizir's curiousity, and he said to him, "Sire, I beg your majesty to have the condescension to tell me what the vizir said to King Sindbad.
From commerce with students and poor people he had the patronising air, and from dealing always with the sick he had the healthy man's jovial condescension, which some consultants achieve as the professional manner.
And though of all men the moody captain of the Pequod was the least given to that sort of shallowest assumption; and though the only homage he ever exacted, was implicit, instantaneous obedience; though he required no man to remove the shoes from his feet ere stepping upon the quarter-deck; and though there were times when, owing to peculiar circumstances connected with events hereafter to be detailed, he addressed them in unusual terms, whether of condescension or in terrorem, or otherwise; yet even Captain Ahab was by no means unobservant of the paramount forms and usages of the sea.
But if we are allowed to sit at meat with her,--ever a royal condescension,--it is ours at least to pass her the salt, to see that she is never kept waiting a moment for the mustard or the pepper, to cut the bread for her with geometrical precision, and to lean as near her warm shoulder as we dare to pour out for her the sacred wine.
Natasha did not like the visitor's tone of condescension to childish things.
When power becometh gracious and descendeth into the visible--I call such condescension, beauty.
The latter felt immensely superior to his friend, but he inclined to condescension.
The subject elevated him to more than usual solemnity of manner, and with a most important aspect he protested that "he had never in his life witnessed such behaviour in a person of rank-- such affability and condescension, as he had himself experienced from Lady Catherine.