AskDefine | Define condescending

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condescending adj : (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension [syn: arch, patronizing, patronising]

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  • a UK /ˈkɒn.dɪ.sɛnd.ɪŋ/|/ˈkɒnˌdi.sɛnd.ɪŋ/; /"kQn.dI.sEnd.IN/|/"kQn%di.sEnd.IN/`


  1. Assuming a tone of superiority, or a patronizing attitude.


Assuming a tone of superiority or a patronizing attitude

Derived terms


  1. present participle of condescend

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrogant, belittling, big, contemptuous, disdainful, domineering, haughty, high-faluting, high-flown, high-handed, high-hat, high-headed, high-nosed, hoity-toity, imperious, lofty, overbearing, patronizing, pompous, priggish, proud, purse-proud, sniffy, snippy, snobbish, snobby, snooty, snotty, stuck-up, superior, toplofty, uppish, uppity, upstage
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