condescension condescension  /ˌkɑn də ˈsɛn ʃən/


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



  1. A McCain adviser accused Obama of "elitism and condescension."
    on Apr 11, 2008 By: John McCain Source: FOXNews

  2. "He really put a lot of us on the map," said Gordon, who eventually became friends with Leonard. "He was generous, warm, funny, and he didn't make the mistakes that other men make with women writers. There was no discomfort or condescension...
    on Nov 6, 2008 By: Mary Gordon Source: International Herald Tribune

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