- 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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- having a superior manner; condescending
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Word Origin and History for non-patronizing
1727, past participle adjective from patronize. Related: Patronizingly.
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