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condescend to do something

to agree to do something that is humbling or belittling. I will not condescend to respond to that remark. "Will you condescend to join us for dinner?" teased Bob.
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condescend to someone

to talk down to someone; to treat people as if they were below oneself; to patronize someone. Please do not condescend to me. There is no need to condescend to the children. They are just small, not stupid.
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References in classic literature ?
Prince Beelzebub himself took great interest in this sort of traffic, and sometimes condescended to meddle with smaller matters.
He yelled to me from below, I screamed to him from above, he came up and sat down near me on a stone, never said a word, let me look at him for half an hour before he condescended to ask me who I was.
At length removing carefully his meerschaum from the right to the left corner of his mouth, he condescended to speak.
Finally, setting his arms a-kimbo, he condescended to reply.
He had condescended to mortgage as far as he had the power, but he would never condescend to sell.
After the first I have not condescended to show such corroborative proofs as I possess.
That's John Burke, the traveler," he condescended to explain.
My dear Watson," said a voice, "you have not even condescended to say good-morning.
The great specialist having condescended to the priest's simplicity, condescended expansively.
Every one agreed with her, but no one condescended to enquire what the Beauforts really meant to do.
Several before your ladyship condescended to favour me with an answer.
From it the doctor was not slow in learning that the balloon was mistaken for nothing less than the moon in person, and that the amiable goddess in question had condescended to approach the town with her three sons--an honor that would never be forgotten in this land so greatly loved by the god of day.
It was the portrait of the king, whom they were expecting, dressed in the court suit which Percerin had condescended to show beforehand to the bishop of Vannes.