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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 of patronizing
1720-1730
First recorded in 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
First recorded in 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
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  • Jacques patronizing the fool, is one of the rarest shows of self-ignorance.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Stella was very kind to me, but in a superior, patronizing way.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Some fell to patronizing him, some to advising him, and some to sneering at the hubbub he was making.

  • He was referring, of course, to his having branched out into patronizing the Arts.

    Zero Data Charles Saphro
  • "She won't be patronizing Elinor after this," thought Patricia with a chuckle.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
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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