Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: con|des¦cen|sion
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒndɪˈsɛnʃn

Definition of condescension in English:


[mass noun]
An attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain: a tone of condescension I’m treated with condescension
More example sentences
  • It's like being called a eunuch or an old maid; one always hears that faint sneer of disdain and condescension mixed with pity.
  • The bombast, condescension, arrogance and swagger all seems slightly silly in retrospect.
  • There's a lot you could say about this remark - its arrogance, its condescension.

Definition of condescension in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: ˌprēˈpōtnt
greater than others in power or influence