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II.6 The 'condescend' group
These verbs are concerned with speaking to someone in a way that shows a superior or disrespectful attitude towards them.
condescend dictate talk back talk down
Although Moffett makes his field attractive through the pictures and a simple, lively style, he does not condescend to his readers.
We're willing to work with them. But we're not going to be dictated to by them.
He was also an excellent teacher, who never talked down to his pupils, and who was invariably courteous, kind, and considerate.