patronizing

[pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa-]
adjective
displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.

Origin:
1720–30; patronize + -ing2

patronizingly, adverb
nonpatronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizingly, adverb
unpatronizing, adjective
unpatronizingly, adverb
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patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa]
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

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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patronize or patronise (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to behave or treat in a condescending way
2.  (tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
 
patronise or patronise
 
vb
 
'patronizer or patronise
 
n
 
'patroniser or patronise
 
n

patronizing or patronising (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ)
 
adj
having a superior manner; condescending
 
patronising or patronising
 
adj
 
'patronizingly or patronising
 
adv
 
'patronisingly or patronising
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

patronize
1580s, "to act as a patron towards," from patron (q.v.). Meaning "treat in a condescending way" is first attested 1797; sense of "give regular business to" is from 1801.

patronizing
1727, from patronize. Related: Patronizingly.
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Example sentences
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.
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