condescension
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /kɑndiˈsɛnʃən/
  • (RP) IPA: /kɒndiˈsɛnʃən/
Noun

condescension (uncountable)

  1. The act of condescending; a manner of behaving toward others in an outwardly polite way that nevertheless implies one’s own superiority to the others; patronizing courtesy toward inferiors.
    Conscious condescension breeds panderers and enemies, not friends.
  2. (usually, uncountable, pejorative) A patronizing attitude or behavior. [from 1930s]
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