- displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.
Origin of patronizing
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Examples from the Web for patronizingly
Secondly, he assumed, patronizingly, that what really bothers conservatives about government is its inefficiency.Obama Should Defend Government
January 21, 2013
"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
He turned to the man and put a hand on his shoulder, patronizingly.Jack Harvey's Adventures
Ruel Perley Smith
- having a superior manner; condescending
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Word Origin and History for patronizingly
1727, past participle adjective from patronize. Related: Patronizingly.
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