patronizing

[ pey-truh-nahy-zing, pa- ]
/ ˈpeɪ trəˌnaɪ zɪŋ, ˈpæ- /

adjective

displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.

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Origin of patronizing

First recorded in 1720–30; patronize + -ing2

OTHER WORDS FROM patronizing

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British Dictionary definitions for non-patronizing

patronizing

patronising

/ (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ) /

adjective

having a superior manner; condescending

Derived forms of patronizing

patronizingly or patronisingly, adverb
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