1707, "marked or characterized by condescension, stooping to the level of one's inferiors," present-participle adjective from condescend. In a positive sense (of God, the Savior, etc.) until late 18c. "Now, usually, Making a show, or assuming the air, of condescension; patronizing" [OED]. Related: Condescendingly (1650s).
updated on February 22, 2018