condescension

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n 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"
    • n condescension the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
    • n condescension a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Condescension The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. "It forbids pride . . . and commands humility, modesty, and condescension to others.""Such a dignity and condescension . . . as are suitable to a superior nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n condescension The act of condescending; the act of voluntarily stooping or inclining to an equality with an inferior; a waiving of claims due to one's rank or position; affability on the part of a superior; complaisance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Condescension affability to inferiors: courtesy: graciousness
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Quotations

  • Edward Hoagland
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    “There aren't many irritations to match the condescension which a woman metes out to a man who she believes has loved her vainly for the past umpteen years.”
  • Phillips Brooks
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    “Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity, and the exaltation of humanity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. condescensio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and descendĕre, to descend.

Usage

In literature:

She treated him now with a kindly condescension, such as she might have bestowed upon a meek-souled dog.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
But he smiled with great condescension and dignity, and continued his story.
"Clementina" by A.E.W. Mason
The average European man has usually a slight sense of condescension when he talks to a woman on serious subjects.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
They approached now, and Lady Harriet gave to each her distinctive smile of royal condescension.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Reflections of this kind begot condescension and a noble willingness to wait.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
We are absolutely satisfied with your explanations, and are greatly obliged to you for your kindness and condescension.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 101. October 10, 1891" by Various
Mrs. Yorke turned and thanked him with graciousness, possibly with a little condescension.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
He cheerfully stood treat for the rest of the day, and felt that it was small return for Ricks's condescension.
"Sandy" by Alice Hegan Rice
There was something about him I did not fancy, a sort of condescension, as though he were better than those about him.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
She had a comfortable feeling of condescension towards Nick and towards Jane Foley.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
But that was as a condescension and as something extraneous.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
There was no haughtiness, no condescension, about her.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
Three years later he paid the forfeit of his head for all these condescensions.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
May I, like thee, take all my condescension in the spirit of humility.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
Justice is what we want, not patronage and condescension and pitiful helpfulness.
"The New Freedom" by Woodrow Wilson
However, I'll take back his compliments, and that he's much obliged at Sir Francis's condescension.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
It annoyed her, a young person of much consequence, to have her kindly condescension repelled.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy
Not a grain of condescension is there in him; not even a thought that he is giving them pleasure.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
She had promised to grant this interview as something of a condescension.
"Marion Arleigh's Penance" by Charlotte M. Braeme
I suppose my head was a little bewildered by the kindness and condescension of those excellent people.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
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In poetry:

Old Kraken read a missive penned
By his great Lady's hand.
Her condescension called him friend,
To raise the crest she fanned.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Their pride, by condescension fed,
He shapes with teaching tongue:
"It is not meet the children's bread
To little dogs be flung."
"The Syrophenician Woman" by George MacDonald
In vain might lofty princes try
Such condescension to perform;
For worms were never raised so high
Above their meanest fellow worm.
"Hymn 46" by Isaac Watts
And can a thing so sweet,
And can such heavenly condescension be?
Ah! wherefore tarry thus our lingering feet?
It can be none but Thee.
"Communion" by Susan Coolidge
Let endless honors crown his head;
Let every age his praises spread;
While we with cheerful songs approve
The condescensions of his love.
"Psalm 45 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Whenever he was asked to breast the bar
He’d answer, with a touch of condescension:
“I much regret to disoblige so far
As to decline your delicate attention.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

WRITERS ISSUE Having to constantly suffer the company of the ignorant, it's difficult to suppress my condescension.
Judging from emails I got, it's also important to re-state that I acknowledge ample condescension to go around.
I guess the point that I would like to have you respond to is that there is plenty of judgment and condescension to go around.
Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension .
Barack Obama's re-election campaign of condescension .
Obama debate condescension poor mask for cowardice.
Rap's Long History of 'Conscious' Condescension to Women.
MLB's All Star game is just a big 'ole ball of condescension and pity.
Obama debate condescension poor mask for cowardice .
It was greeted in The Times's "Critical Shopper" column with what many readers perceived as offensive condescension.
But when it comes to people who don't share his convictions, he is apt to substitute condescension for analysis.
Having a taste for Butter depends almost entirely on whether you find the comedy of condescension and ridicule a hoot or a very cheap form of amusement.
The worst sin of any critic is condescension, and I'll do my best to avoid it here (but it's gonna require an effort).
Condescension as Manifest Envy .
Having a taste for "Butter" depends almost entirely on whether you find the comedy of condescension and ridicule a hoot or a very cheap form of amusement.
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