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- n. The state or quality of being condescending.
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- n. affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank
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One finds the same complacency, the same condescendingness, in a far higher degree in the essays of Mr. A.C. Benson.
He achieves too much of a pulpit complacency -- therefore of condescendingness -- therefore of falseness to the deep intimacy of good literature -- when he begins to moralize about time and the universe.