condescending

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj condescending (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • condescending Marked or characterized by condescension; stooping to the level of one's inferiors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Condescending yielding to inferiors: courteous: obliging: patronising
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Quotations

  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.”
  • John Updike
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    “Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “Don't be condescending to unskilled labor. Try it for a half a day first.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and descendĕre, to descend.

Usage

In literature:

What manner of personage would He be did He condescend to appear among us?
"All Saints' Day and Other Sermons" by Charles Kingsley
If ever you condescend to talk familiarly with him again, ask him after Miss Betterton, and what became of her.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Emperors condescended to sue for his advice.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
Yes: this young Emperor will have a fine time of this life, even so long as he condescends to exist.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
It did not long hold out against the condescending attentions of Mr. Forester.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Nevertheless he condescended to lie upon it.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
A gentleman of the station of my lord Dunborough's son does not condescend to the gutter!
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
And yet vain man will not condescend to the free grace of God.
"Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life" by John Brown (of Wamphray)
You will be like her, and have to condescend to ordinary mortals.
"The Three Brides" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Short did not condescend to answer, but went to Smallbones and raised his head.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
And in spite of Lucas's great social success he inwardly condescended to Lucas.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
She condescended to Marthe.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
He must be lonely enough, and I don't often condescend to be social.
"Fort Desolation" by R.M. Ballantyne
He was very condescending and full of fun, as he had been the night before.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
Turner would condescend to be helped by feeble men, but could not be corrupted by false men.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
He had condescended to satisfy the woman's curiosity, but now he must be obeyed.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
The monarch condescended to place upon his head, with his own hand, the wig which he had selected.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
We know nothing officially, because in these days young people don't condescend to consult their parents.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Condescend, therefore, to come forth and fight with thy servant.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Let us condescend to learn lessons of true wisdom from the raven and the dove.
"Bible Emblems" by Edward E. Seelye
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In poetry:

Our God in Christ! thine embassy,
And proffered mercy, we embrace;
And gladly reconciled to thee,
Thy condescending goodness praise.
"Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High" by Charles Wesley
Who is like God? so great, so high,
He bows Himself to view the sky;
And yet, with condescending grace,
Looks down upon the human race.
"Servants of God, in Joyful Lays" by James Montgomery
Lord, condescend to bless us now,
Whilst at Thy feet we humbly bow;
And let Thy Spirit from above
Descend and fill our hearts with love.
"Hymn "Lord, condescend to bless us now"" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
"Yes, and God, who bade us roll —
God, who hung us in the sky,
Stoops to watch an infant's soul
With a condescending eye;
And esteems it dearer far—
More in value than a star!
"Teaching From The Stars" by Jane Taylor
But time and tide rolled swift away,
And they will usher in a day
When I may sure be free
To rest me at my long lost home,
Where, if thou condescend to come,
Most welcome shalt thou be.
"Lines, Addressed To H ———," by Samuel Bamford
"My Lord" would never condescend to honour my poor hearth;
"His Grace" would scorn a host or friend of mere plebeian birth;
And yet the lords of human kind, whom man has deified,
For ever meet in converse sweet around my fireside!
"The Fireside" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

I've failed to realize what was right in front of me, staring me in the face, almost condescendingly like, "Are you really this naive".
I was but a wee moviegoing shaver, but The Bad News Bears (1976), possibly the least condescending Hollywood film ever made about kids, tore up my suburban turf.
Prepare for some condescending opinions.
The results of condescending liberals' cynical racial pandering attempts are, as always, seismically cringe-inducing.
They condescend to their subjects.
GOP shouldn't condescend to women.
Don't Condescend , Parents Know What's Needed.
We'll remember 'grimacing, grinning, condescending , weird Joe' from the debate, Ryan was the adult in the room.
" Condescending " to cater message to women.
Gov Chris Christie's condescending speech out of touch with Americans' reality.
Am I the only one who finds Michael Armstrong's piece last week about the occupiers exceedingly condescending toward anyone who has tried to earn a comfortable living and succeeded.
Obama remarks are ' condescending .
Gloria Borger also found the vice president to be condescending .
Chilly, heartless, condescending: all the usual adjectives that the Coen brothers' detractors habitually fling can be flung in spades at "Burn After Reading".
Which is why the elitist tag – flung successfully by Republicans against Al Gore in 2000 (recall his "condescending" sigh in the debate) and John Kerry in '04 ("too French") – is now flung at Barack Obama.
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