condescension

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condescension (usually uncountable, plural condescensions)

  1. The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors. syn.
    Conscious condescension breeds panderers and enemies, not friends.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother very rightly resented the slightest hint of condescension. She considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, [] .

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