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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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And while the Russians were behaving condescendingly toward their guests from the Syrian "opposition" -- or what was left of it after key figures boycotted -- the bizarre event comes as the regime is using even harsher rhetoric, instead of searching for the compromises that Moscow claims to support.
The promoter of a proposed single turbine at Llanaelhaearn in Gwynedd says condescendingly that the local community is poor and could benefit from 'nearly PS3m profit over 20 years' from the turbine.
Told simply but never condescendingly, Gerstein illustrates his story of the life of a child who grows to adulthood with affection--the pictures fit the text perfectly, and will have anyone who enjoys art smiling at the detail and enthusiasm that fill the text and flow into the story.
MR R Vant from the Holme Valley jumped onto a letter I had written and stated rather condescendingly that if I was mature enough I should apologise.
That time those who said it didn't realise two things; first, they never thought LFW will produce youngsters who are capable of wiping out some the "big" name and second, the "big" names who talked condescendingly about LFW themselves slowly started showing at this event.
Lord Jones said: "We are faced with an unelected ruling elite in Brussels that still can't balance its books, where the culture is still one of marching valiantly towards 1970 and where criticism is condescendingly seen as heretical.
Historian Philip Ziegler listened to taped interviews with Olivier before penning the book which has him talking condescendingly about some of old Hollywood's brightest stars.
Somehow the opinion giver was not a real 'we', and to ensure he was made aware of his diminished status, he was condescendingly told 'This may sound news to an expat'.
Another called for drinking if Obama said "uh" -- a sure way to drunkenness -- while a rival plan called for glasses to be raised "every time Mitt Romney smiles condescendingly."
With all due respect, I want to tell the Kuwaiti MP that I never accused the Kuwaitis of being superficial, not even indirectly, nor did I write condescendingly. Furthermore, I did not say that Kuwait is a corrupt country.
I am not promoting FB for Mark Zuckerberg but I just wish to clear some misconceptions and get the sneer off the faces of the cynics who look at us condescendingly and laugh at FB users.
Yet the various associations made with Truitt's work were anathema to the purely retinal or tactile absolutism of abstraction; she was "condescendingly gendered," as James Meyer, the ranking historian of Minimalism, noted in these pages in 2002.
CONSIDER THIS POST-HOLIDAY SCENARIO: You go to return something you received for Christmas, and when you finally get to the front of the exchange line after waiting 20 minutes, a smirking face behind the counter condescendingly tells you that "all you needed to do is pick out the right size and exchange it at the regular checkout counter."
Should my words be doubted, I quote again from Graham Green's article when Mr Thomas says, condescendingly: "We will also be offering various other options similar to a Placepot and a Jackpot, so hopefully the customer won't notice too much difference."
Her mother condescendingly gives the same evaluation and explains that she herself wanted to study French philology but the war broke out and her plans were devastated.