Definition for condescending

adjective as in snobby, lordly

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Example Sentences

The requests that are like, “Oh this is quick and easy,” are super condescending.

From Digiday

He doesn’t just give you these dramatic, monologic scenes of grandstanding and proselytizing, he also does so alongside his personalized smug condescending version of the narrative — in this case, his version of the historical narrative.

From Vox

Claire thought the attacks on her husband were unfair and even condescending.

After nearly two decades in baseball front offices, Ng had become accustomed to the condescending glances, outright hostility and attempts at intimidation that come with being the only woman in the room.

From Time

During the meeting, teachers should do an extra check-in, in a friendly, non-condescending way.

Although Huckabee's condescending tone - like that of an elementary school history teacher - makes it difficult to take seriously.

The document said Wright was condescending and had “resorted to name-calling,” though no examples were offered.

Dovlatov hated Soviet oppression and battled repression subtly, by not condescending to notice it, and keeping things light.

Thorns support is for everyone, and there are no pastel colors or condescending cursive.

The idea that the Church needs a separate theology for women is plain condescending.

He likes a man to speak out his mind like a man, which you know is very condescending on his part.

The aggravating smile of condescending wisdom kept playing about his lips.

The Covenant of Sinai was confirmed in a manner the most encouraging, as well as condescending and glorious.

In other circles Mrs. Errington was by no means so cool and condescending in speaking of the doctor's projected party.

I hate him—I hate him as much as I loathe myself for ever condescending to follow him.


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On this page you'll find 33 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to condescending, such as: arrogant, patronizing, snooty, complaisant, disdainful, and egotistic.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.