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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 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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2 : to grant favors with a show of being better than others <She only condescended to speak to me because she needed something.
P & D, much condescended to at the time, has been somewhat shuffled aside in contemporary art history, and I can't say what Wright knows about it; still, he similarly asserts the aesthetic power of decorative motifs.
Those aristocrats who remained evangelicals kept it to themselves and condescended to others; professionals found in evangelism's elevation of the individual a means of buttressing their threatened social status; artisans found in its egalitarian and corporatist ethic a means of challenging hierarchy and aristocratic efforts to delimit the sacred.
1 : a feeling of disrespect or disapproval of something or someone <It amused him that she pretended such contempt for him and yet condescended to show off .
Now forgotten as a poet, Montesquiou had condescended to the fawning, yo unger ecrivain for years and never forgave him for successfully immortalizing him as a character.