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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 ?
Even when Caleb Garth was prosperous, the Vincys were on condescending terms with him and his wife, for there were nice distinctions of rank in Middlemarch; and though old manufacturers could not any more than dukes be connected with none but equals, they were conscious of an inherent social superiority which was defined with great nicety in practice, though hardly expressible theoretically.
Those letters express my degree," answered the Woggle-Bug, with a condescending smile.
It was not of Aline Gardner's condescending congratulations, or Dorothy's ardent, impulsive good wishes.
And so, determined to cut their new acquaintance in Bond Street, these great folks went to eat his dinner at Brussels, and condescending to make him pay for their pleasure, showed their dignity by making his wife uncomfortable, and carefully excluding her from the conversation.
I do like it when he looks down at me from the height of his grandeur, or breaks off his learned conversation with me because I'm a fool, or is condescending to me.
The Labour MP Emily Thornberry had to stand down as a Shadow Cabinet Member after sending a condescending tweet of a house in Rochester.
And just for good measure, Ricky got to tell Stephen off in front of The Sugar: "Stop being so condescending and let Gabrielle speak
I spoke to Widnes coach Denis Betts after the final whistle and, without being condescending, told him they had a real dig.
However, this should not be the case when the former induces arrogance or the latter turns into hero worship, both of which helped to transform the likes of Jimmy Savile into monsters, aided and abetted by celebrity magazines and toe-curling, condescending chat shows.
So condescending and ignoramus I think are not over the top.
MIAMI -- Justin Bieber claimed after a shaky sobriety test in Florida that he was suffering from a hairline fracture in his right foot and made condescending comments to officers, according to a Miami Beach police document released Tuesday.
These examples suggest that freedwomen's resistance to the most condescending and exploitative efforts of the freedmen's aid movement played an important role in shaping the dynamics of Reconstruction.
I have heard a few stories lately of Government workers in housing, council tax offices and social security offices being condescending and rude to the general public.
Dear Editor, To hear politicians' condescending attitude to knife crime is not only insulting to the victims of knife crime but extremely distressing for the mourning families who have become nothing more than government statistics .
Author Tony Robles authored the politically incorrect Joey Gonzalez, Great American, a book depicting a third-grader's dream of succeeding without special preferences and any condescending attitude toward Hispanics displayed by a teacher.