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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·de·scen·sion /ˌkɑndɪˈsɛn(t)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·de·scen·sion n.  The act of condescending; voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in intercourse with an inferior; courtesy toward inferiors.
    It forbids pride . . . and commands humility, modesty, and condescension to others.   --Tillotson.
    Such a dignity and condescension . . . as are suitable to a superior nature.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- Complaisance; courtesy; affability.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the trait of displaying arrogance by patronizing those
           considered inferior [syn: superciliousness, disdainfulness]
      2: a communication that indicates lack of respect by
         patronizing the recipient [syn: disdain, patronage]
      3: affability to your inferiors and temporary disregard for
         differences of position or rank; "the queen's
         condescension was intended to make us feel comfortable"
         [syn: condescendingness]