Definition of condescending in English:



  • Having or showing an attitude of patronizing superiority.

    ‘she thought the teachers were arrogant and condescending’
    ‘a condescending smile’
    • ‘Some faculty members seem to express a condescending, at times almost disdainful, attitude.’
    • ‘And therefore, one has either to ditch the condescending attitude to the electorate, or the social democracy.’
    • ‘At a makeshift relief camp in Nagappattinam, India, refugees complained about what they view as the condescending attitude of relief workers.’
    • ‘But nothing could be more patronising and condescending than his own view that being a farm labourer is an inadequate occupation.’
    • ‘He evaluates the host culture from his own perspective and approaches it with a condescending or even contemptuous attitude.’
    • ‘I kept expecting him to talk with a snotty, British accent and be very condescending to people.’
    • ‘One deals with the devastation to individuals and families; the other with the condescending attitude Western nations have towards developing ones.’
    • ‘Often times, I believe that these condescending attitudes are at least partly due to misconceptions about Christianity.’
    • ‘Miller, a middle-aged man with gray blonde hair and a compassionate face, didn't appreciate the condescending attitude of this upstart kid!’
    • ‘To be sure, the condescending attitude of the promoters of the project was no help to their cause.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I still find their attitude to us condescending and disgraceful.’
    • ‘And if that weren't bad enough, a picture intended to make Stern's condescending message unmistakably clear accompanies the article.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most essays include the condescending attitudes of a society that views them as dirty, stupid, invisible or sexually available.’
    • ‘Our schools are only just recovering from the condescending attitude that we ought to expect worse standards from the poor.’
    • ‘It turns out that nearly everyone, Japanese or otherwise, is a philistine in the condescending and rather snobbish world view of the film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    patronizing, supercilious, superior, snobbish, snobby, scornful, disdainful, lofty, lordly, haughty, imperious
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