condescend to

condescend to

To act as though others are less important or inferior to oneself. Jim has been condescending to us ever since he found out he got cast in that movie. Can you please stop condescending to me? Contrary to what you may think, I'm not an idiot.
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condescend to (do something)

To do something that one feels is unworthy or demeaning. Now that Jim thinks he's a big movie star, I doubt he'll condescend to talk to us common folk.
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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.
See also: condescend, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He had condescended to mortgage as far as he had the power, but he would never condescend to sell.
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"Will your majesty," said Gaston, "condescend to occupy this apartment, all unworthy as it is to receive you?"
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Not only that he can't even condescend to reply to my letter dated March, 24 when I pointed this out.
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So-and-so's writing speaks out against racism.'" "Failures or refusal to acknowledge complexity among writers from socially marginalized groups," Mackey argues, "no matter how 'well-intentioned,' condescend to the work and to the writers and thus, hardly the solution they purport to be, are a part of the problem." Mackey contends that such interpretations have dominated literary criticism about nearly all "marginalized" writers, resulting in insufficient attention being paid to the "variance and divergent approaches" inherent in the work of a wide range of authors whose writing "defies canons of accessibility" (18).
That means you can t condescend to your reader about how the real meaning of pride is an adorable and eccentric boyfriend, a cabin in the Poconos, and an adopted child (and a six-figure salary to support all three).