Condescension Con`de*scen"sion, n. [L. condescensio.] The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. [1913 Webster]

It forbids pride . . . and commands humility, modesty, and condescension to others. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

Such a dignity and condescension . . . as are suitable to a superior nature. --Addison.

Syn: Complaisance; courtesy; affability. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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