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4 definitions found
 for condescending
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  condescending \condescending\ adj.
     exhibiting an attitude of superiority; patronizing; -- used
     of behavior or attitude.
  
     Syn: arch, patronizing.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Condescend \Con`de*scend"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Condescended;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Condescending.] [F. condescendre, LL.
     condescendere, fr. L. con- + descendere. See Descend.]
     1. To stoop or descend; to let one's self down; to submit; to
        waive the privilege of rank or dignity; to accommodate
        one's self to an inferior. "Condescend to men of low
        estate." --Rom. xii. 16.
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              Can they think me so broken, so debased
              With corporal servitude, that my mind ever
              Will condescend to such absurd commands? --Milton.
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              Spain's mighty monarch,
              In gracious clemency, does condescend,
              On these conditions, to become your friend.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     Note: Often used ironically, implying an assumption of
           superiority.
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                 Those who thought they were honoring me by
                 condescending to address a few words to me. --F.
                                                    W. Robinson.
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     2. To consent. [Obs.]
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              All parties willingly condescended heruento. --R.
                                                    Carew.
  
     Syn: To yield; stoop; descend; deign; vouchsafe.
          [1913 Webster] Condescendence

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  condescending
      adj 1: (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those
             who treat others with condescension [syn: arch,
             condescending, patronizing, patronising]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  34 Moby Thesaurus words for "condescending":
     arrogant, belittling, big, contemptuous, disdainful, domineering,
     haughty, high-faluting, high-flown, high-handed, high-hat,
     high-headed, high-nosed, hoity-toity, imperious, lofty,
     overbearing, patronizing, pompous, priggish, proud, purse-proud,
     sniffy, snippy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, stuck-up,
     superior, toplofty, uppish, uppity, upstage
  
  

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