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patronizing

[pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa-] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪ zɪŋ, ˈpæ-/
adjective
1.
displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner:
a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; patronize + -ing2
Related forms
patronizingly, adverb
nonpatronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizingly, adverb
unpatronizing, adjective
unpatronizingly, adverb

patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐/
verb (used with object), patronized, patronizing.
1.
to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
2.
to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward:
a professor who patronizes his students.
3.
to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also, especially British, patronise.
Origin
1580-90; patron + -ize
Related forms
patronizable, adjective
patronization, noun
patronizer, noun
repatronize, verb (used with object), repatronized, repatronizing.
transpatronize, verb (used with object), transpatronized, transpatronizing.
unpatronizable, adjective
well-patronized, adjective
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Examples from the web for patronizing
  • There's a patronizing and condescending tone to it which is off putting.
  • Exploiting drug addicts, while appearing paternalistic and concerned, is patronizing and condescending.
  • Yours is a voice of reason, or at least an eloquent appeal to it if I might say so at the risk of being patronizing.
  • These young people were infuriated by lofty and patronizing attitudes expressed by certain party representatives.
  • She also includes exercises so rudimentary they're almost patronizing.
  • Some people object to senior citizen as a patronizing or demeaning euphemism.
  • It was seen as patronizing, stereotypical, not authentic.
  • Great kings add a jewel to their crown by patronizing learning.
  • Some might find it patronizing.
  • However, the 'reap as you sow' comment may be patronizing, but it is true.
British Dictionary definitions for patronizing

patronizing

/ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ/
adjective
1.
having a superior manner; condescending
Derived Forms
patronizingly, patronisingly, adverb

patronize

/ˈpætrəˌnaɪz/
verb
1.
to behave or treat in a condescending way
2.
(transitive) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
Derived Forms
patronizer, patroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for patronizing
adj.

1727, past participle adjective from patronize. Related: Patronizingly.

patronize

v.

1580s, "to act as a patron towards," from patron + -ize, or from Old French patroniser. Meaning "treat in a condescending way" is first attested 1797; sense of "give regular business to" is from 1801. Related: Patronized; patronizing.

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