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Noun: condescension  ,kón-di'sen-shun
  1. The trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior
    - superciliousness, disdainfulness
  2. A communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient
    - disdain, patronage
  3. Affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank
    "the queen's condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable";
    - condescendingness

Derived forms: condescensions

Type of: affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, arrogance, bonhomie, depreciation, derogation, disparagement, geniality, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness

Encyclopedia: Condescension