American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of condescending or an instance of it.
- n. Patronizingly superior behavior or attitude.
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.
- n. The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. syn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors.
- 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
- 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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