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patronize

[pey-truh-nahyz, pa‐]
verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
  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.
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Also especially British, pa·tron·ise.

Origin of patronize

First recorded in 1580–90; patron + -ize
Related formspa·tron·iz·a·ble, adjectivepa·tron·i·za·tion, nounpa·tron·iz·er, nounre·pa·tron·ize, verb (used with object), re·pa·tron·ized, re·pa·tron·iz·ing.trans·pa·tron·ize, verb (used with object), trans·pa·tron·ized, trans·pa·tron·iz·ing.un·pa·tron·iz·a·ble, adjectivewell-pa·tron·ized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for patronising

Historical Examples of patronising

  • The intention was kind, but the manner was so patronising that Arthur felt offended.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Morand shrugged his shoulders and turned a patronising gaze on Bouzille.

    Fantmas

    Pierre Souvestre

  • "I've got my eye on Phebe," observed Will, in a patronising tone that made them all laugh.

    Eight Cousins

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • At home he assumed a patronising air to the people about Charley Hedrick.

    In Our Town

    William Allen White

  • It is a condescending, patronising kind of manner, as if—yes, that is it!

    Out in the Forty-Five

    Emily Sarah Holt


British Dictionary definitions for patronising

patronize

patronise

verb
  1. to behave or treat in a condescending way
  2. (tr) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to
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Derived Formspatronizer or patroniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for patronising

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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