verb (used with object), pa·tron·ized, pa·tron·iz·ing.
- patron saint,
Origin of patronize
Examples from the Web for patronization
The note of patronization, the tone of superior wisdom, stung the scientist.The Tyranny of the Dark|Hamlin Garland
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.