condescend to (do something)

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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 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 ?
She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could, provided he chose with discretion; and had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage, where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making, and had even vouchsafed to suggest some herself-- some shelves in the closet upstairs.
He had condescended to mortgage as far as he had the power, but he would never condescend to sell.
As we do not disdain to borrow wit or wisdom from any man who is capable of lending us either, we have condescended to take a hint from these honest victuallers, and shall prefix not only a general bill of fare to our whole entertainment, but shall likewise give the reader particular bills to every course which is to be served up in this and the ensuing volumes.
Several before your ladyship condescended to favour me with an answer.
They flung off that happy frigidity and insolence of demeanour which occasionally characterises the great at home, and appearing in numberless public places, condescended to mingle with the rest of the company whom they met there.
Mr Tappertit condescended to take the glass from his outstretched hand.
Having relieved his mind by this energetic proceeding, he condescended to approach the festive board, and warming by degrees, at length deigned to preside, and even to enchant the company with a song.
2 : to grant favors with a show of being better than others <She only condescended to speak to me because she needed something.
Though none character on screen displays anything in the way of wit or educated intelligence, they're never condescended to, either.
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.