Meaning of condescension


Condescension is an insulting way of talking to other people, as if they were stupid or ignorant. Condescension is rude and patronizing.

Treating someone with condescension is the opposite of treating them with respect. Condescension is full of arrogant and snooty attitude, and people who practice condescension treat others like inferior idiots. Sarcasm goes well with condescension if you’re trying to be a jerk. You can almost hear the word descent in condescension, so think of someone acting all high and mighty, looking down at everyone else.

Definitions of condescension
  1. noun

    the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those considered inferior


    disdainfulness, superciliousness

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    type of:

    arrogance, haughtiness, hauteur, high-handedness, lordliness

    overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors

  2. noun

    a communication that indicates lack of respect by patronizing the recipient


    disdain, patronage

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    type of:

    depreciation, derogation, disparagement

    a communication that belittles somebody or something

  3. noun

    affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for differences of position or rank

    “the queen’s
    condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable”


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    type of:

    affability, affableness, amiability, amiableness, bonhomie, geniality

    a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

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