Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Showing condescension; gracious; patronizing.

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Usage examples "condescending":

  1. She laughed, but would not yield; she treated his proposition like a spoiled child's demand for the moon, and, after condescending to tease like a boy, he woke suddenly to the fact of being ridiculous. - "Aurora the Magnificent", Gertrude Hall.
  2. Very commonplace girls, whom she had treated with condescending kindness, married her own former admirers: she was no longer wooed. - "Countess Erika's Apprenticeship", Ossip Schubin.
  3. But if that does not satisfy you, of course you must inquire of chairs and tables, said Miss Phillips, with a condescending irony, which she thought very cutting. - "Mr. Hogarth's Will", Catherine Helen Spence.