Definition of condescending in English:


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  • Having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority.

    ‘she thought the teachers were arrogant and condescending’
    • ‘a condescending smile’
    • ‘But nothing could be more patronising and condescending than his own view that being a farm labourer is an inadequate occupation.’
    • ‘Even when youth activism is accepted it is usually in a condescending or patronizing manner when older and more experienced organizers run and co-opt youth efforts.’
    • ‘It was because that group poses a threat to the Maori vote that is now currently held by a Government that treats that vote in a condescending, patronising manner.’
    • ‘Even the Indians, towards whom some of my fellow countrymen have a condescending attitude, made strenuous efforts to revive the long-dead language of Sanskrit.’
    • ‘One deals with the devastation to individuals and families; the other with the condescending attitude Western nations have towards developing ones.’
    • ‘At a makeshift relief camp in Nagappattinam, India, refugees complained about what they view as the condescending attitude of relief workers.’
    • ‘Traders at Thursday's meeting were infuriated by what they described as the condescending attitude of the council's deputy leader and its director of planning.’
    • ‘Often times, I believe that these condescending attitudes are at least partly due to misconceptions about Christianity.’
    • ‘And therefore, one has either to ditch the condescending attitude to the electorate, or the social democracy.’
    • ‘Our schools are only just recovering from the condescending attitude that we ought to expect worse standards from the poor.’
    • ‘To be sure, the condescending attitude of the promoters of the project was no help to their cause.’
    • ‘I had been avoiding calls from her lately because she always seemed to have this condescending attitude toward the way that I'd been changing.’
    • ‘Miller, a middle-aged man with gray blonde hair and a compassionate face, didn't appreciate the condescending attitude of this upstart kid!’
    • ‘It turns out that nearly everyone, Japanese or otherwise, is a philistine in the condescending and rather snobbish world view of the film.’
    • ‘I still find their attitude to us condescending and disgraceful.’
    • ‘He evaluates the host culture from his own perspective and approaches it with a condescending or even contemptuous attitude.’
    • ‘Most essays include the condescending attitudes of a society that views them as dirty, stupid, invisible or sexually available.’
    • ‘Some faculty members seem to express a condescending, at times almost disdainful, attitude.’
    • ‘I kept expecting him to talk with a snotty, British accent and be very condescending to people.’
    • ‘And if that weren't bad enough, a picture intended to make Stern's condescending message unmistakably clear accompanies the article.’
    patronizing, supercilious, superior, snobbish, snobby, scornful, disdainful, lofty, lordly, haughty, imperious
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/ˌkändəˈsendiNG/ /ˌkɑndəˈsɛndɪŋ/