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  • She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn’t worthy to ask her a question.
  • My older sister condescended to take me shopping with her.
  • Before a cat will condescend
    To treat you as a trusted friend,
    Some little token of esteem
    Is needed, like a dish of cream.
    T.S. Eliot
  • To their mind she was cold and snobbish, condescending, odd.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones

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  • Jem condescended to take me to school the first day,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Not all young people realize how important it is to treat children with respect and dignity instead of condescension.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he remarked, "I should be better able to advise you."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She patted my head, but the gesture didn’t feel condescending.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • I picked out a man humble enough in life to condescend to talk with one so shabby as I, and got his account of the matter.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Look, could you please lose the condescending tone here?
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil

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  • I beg Your Majesty will condescend to forgive me.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • She made no attempt to mask the condescension in her voice.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • His voice dripped condescension.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Her ladyship, with great condescension, arose to receive them;
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ...with a condescending smile.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ...maybe he’s just a condescending know-it-all.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • Many were smiling, the condescending leer of the hunter for his cornered victim.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But I couldn’t stand the condescension.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "Come in, Mr. Dance," says he, very stately and condescending.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • She sniffed noses with him, and even condescended to leap about and frisk and play with him in quite puppyish fashion.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • and in the hall appeared the schoolmaster himself, who glared on Master Scrooge with a ferocious condescension,
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • We were stationed in rows, four abreast, and had to wait until the SS control commission under Unter-sturmfiihrer Brandt condescended to come and count us, in case too many of us might be going to escape death.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • She did not even condescend to come back and say good-bye to Amelia.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • he thought to himself, and his heart was filled with a feeling of condescending tenderness for his kind, soft-hearted father, mixed with a sense of secret superiority.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • She spoke to the businessman with affection but, at the same time, with condescension.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • He had no sense of the honour done him and his daughter by the lady’s condescension;
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • There would be new boys to condescend to,
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • "That is so condescending," he said.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • He failed to show up for work, and when he did, he worked listlessly, and condescended to his father’s employees.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • She went to the first meeting rather condescendingly, regarding herself as the only one besides Guy who knew anything about books or library methods.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Her condescending tone shocked Thomas.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He smiled with jovial condescension, and added:
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then, in the most condescending way, he told me to relax.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • The spirit of the occasion takes hold of the stately bartender, who condescends to a plate of stewed duck;
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • said Ford, patting the blubbery arm clamped round his neck in friendly condescension,
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He looked at me with a sort of condescending concern and compassion,
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • With an easy condescension...would he forth-with, by the merest touch of his finger, make the incomprehensible as clear as daylight.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ...the sheer exertion it had taken her to live with him for all these years, live with his continual condescension and violence, his faultfinding and meanness.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Blessed be the moment when you condescend— Remembering that humbly I exist
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • as if condescending to a trivial subject out of pure kindness
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • the proud Squire condescended to preside in the parlour of the Rainbow
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • the Marchioness, who half rose, honoured Candide with a gracious smile, and Martin with a condescending nod;
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • Mrs. Barker’s glance at Obasan is one of condescension.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • "Qualities of a Good Nurse: Go," I said.
    "1. Doesn’t pun on your disability," Isaac said.
    "2. Gets blood on the first try," I said. ...
    "3. No condescending voice."
    "How are you doing, sweetie?" I asked, cloying. "I’m going to stick you with a needle now. There might be a little ouchie."
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • It sounds condescending.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Carrie smiled genially, grateful that he should condescend to advise her even so much.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • GEORGE: Don’t you condescend to me!
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • He gave me a condescending smile.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • ...Miss Western would have been a lady condescending to her inferiors.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
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