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Talk down   /tɔk daʊn/   Listen
Talk down

Belittle through talk.
Speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child.
Direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio.

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"Talk down" Quotes from Famous Books

... wiser through discourse, which should be the end sought in all Conversation of an argumentative or discussive character, but seek only to draw attention to their own views and opinions; until that which should be Conversation degenerates into a mere war of words, in which each party strives to talk down, rather than to convince, the other. In such wordy warfare charity has no part; but pride and combativeness hold entire dominion over the soul. He who comes off conqueror may exult in his own power; but he has overcome, not because ...
— The Elements of Character • Mary G. Chandler

Words linked to "Talk down" :   derogate, direct, denigrate, talk, minimize, belittle, speak

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