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[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪz, ˈpæ‐/
verb (used with object), patronized, patronizing.
to give (a store, restaurant, hotel, etc.) one's regular patronage; trade with.
to behave in an offensively condescending manner toward:
a professor who patronizes his students.
to act as a patron toward (an artist, institution, etc.); support.
Also, especially British, patronise.
Origin of patronize
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for patronising
  • Your comments are patronising and smug as all religious opinions are.
  • What a spectacularly myopic, elitist, patronising and small minded rant.
  • Both his experience and beliefs made such criticism seem patronising.
  • It is at this point that the doctors' case seems both self-serving and patronising.
  • He has always had clear ideas about what he was up to, and he could explain them simply without patronising his listeners.
  • Mocking other countries can easily seem patronising and crude.
  • Here she is expertly dealing with a patronising news anchorman, and probably breaking his heart in the process.
  • Both of you should be utterly ashamed at the patronising way in which you presume to treat half the world's population.
  • Yet another patronising article by an outsider who totally misses the point.
British Dictionary definitions for patronising


having a superior manner; condescending
Derived Forms
patronizingly, patronisingly, adverb


to behave or treat in a condescending way
(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 patronising



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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