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[pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa-] /ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪ zɪŋ, ˈpæ-/
displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner:
a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.
Origin of patronizing
First recorded in 1720-30; patronize + -ing2
Related forms
patronizingly, adverb
nonpatronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizing, adjective
quasi-patronizingly, adverb
unpatronizing, adjective
unpatronizingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • "He'll come this evening, I'm sure," said Sukey, patronizingly.

  • This, then, was the labor to which he had so patronizingly offered his puny hands.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • "That's your great-grandfather, dearie, that I've told you about," she said patronizingly.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • "Let me look at your embroidery, Cecilia," said the lady, patronizingly.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • He turned to the man and put a hand on his shoulder, patronizingly.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
  • You should have had a burglar-alarm, she said, patronizingly.

  • "Chirostemon pentadactylon, my friend," said the doctor, patronizingly.

    The Trappers of Arkansas Gustave Aimard
  • patronizingly slipping the letter into her pocket, Sylvia shifted the subject.

    Shifting Sands Sara Ware Bassett
  • "You are very sisterly and kind, I am sure," Victoria continued, patronizingly.

    Husks Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for patronizingly


having a superior manner; condescending
Derived Forms
patronizingly, patronisingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for patronizingly



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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