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condescension


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  It  forbids  pride  .  .  .  and  commands  humility,  modesty, 
  and  condescension  to  others  --Tillotson. 
 
  Such  a  dignity  and  condescension  .  .  .  as  are  suitable 
  to  a  superior  nature.  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  Complaisance;  courtesy;  affability. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  condescension 
  n  1:  the  trait  of  displaying  arrogance  by  patronizing  those 
  considered  inferior  [syn:  {superciliousness},  {disdainfulness}] 
  2:  a  communication  that  indicates  lack  of  respect  by 
  patronizing  the  recipient  [syn:  {disdain},  {patronage}] 




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