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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of condescending or an instance of it.
  • n. Patronizingly superior behavior or attitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. syn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
  • n. affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank
  • n. the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior

Etymologies

Late Latin condēscēnsiō, condēscēnsiōn-, from condēscēnsus, past participle of condēscendere, to condescend; see condescend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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