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What does patronizing mean?
Patronizing can be used to describe a person or their words, tone, attitude, or actions.
Patronizing is also the continuous (-ing) form of the verb patronize, which means to act toward someone in this way. (A separate sense of patronize means to be a customer—or patron—of a business or other establishment.)
Being patronizing often takes the form of speaking to someone as if they were a child.
Example: Don’t be so patronizing, Jeff—I understand the topic just as well as you do.
Where does patronizing come from?
The base word of patronizing, patron, comes from the Latin patrōnus, meaning “legal protector” or “advocate” (patrōnus comes from the Latin pater, meaning “father”).
To patronize someone in a condescending way is to treat them as if they’re in need of extra help because they’re not capable by themselves. This is often done with a patronizing tone. Condescending and patronizing are often used as synonyms, but they can have slightly different shades of meaning. A person who’s described as condescending is often intentionally trying to display their supposed superiority through their tone. A person who’s patronizing acts as if they need to share their special knowledge to help out people who aren’t as smart as they are—as if they’re doing them a favor. A person who’s described as patronizing may also be telling a person what they think the person wants to hear.
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What are some other forms related to patronizing?
- patronizingly (adverb)
- patronize (verb)
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How is patronizing used in real life?
When used as an adjective, patronizing is always negative.
Men talking to me like I’m their little sister. It’s never OK for anyone to try to talk to me in a patronizing tone. My own father has never spoken to me like that, so I will not give any man (I don’t care who) the permission to speak to me in that tone esp as I do my job.
— Arlyssa Becenti🗞🖊 (@ABecenti) February 12, 2020
Yessss this is a huge pet peeve. (Also hate the use of this word by doctors during medical visits – so patronizing.) https://t.co/W8KzIWlIpT
— Katherine Lewis (@KatherineLewis) July 14, 2020
Girlboss always sounded so patronizing to me. Like “aww look at those adorable girlbosses using their ladybrains.”
— Ria Otero (@RiaOtero) July 12, 2020
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Is patronizing used correctly in the following sentence?
His tone is always so patronizing—as if I’m not his peer.
Example sentences from the Web for patronizing
It is loathed by some critics who find it patronizing, silly, and superficial.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble|Kevin Fallon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among the explorers, a state of mind developed that was patronizing and paternalistic.
The psychological warfare can also be seen in the patronizing tone Democratic officials are now taking toward the Republicans.
Still, there is a fine line between pandering and patronizing.Fatherly Obama’s Charm Turns Patronizing on Visit to ‘The View’|Michelle Cottle|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And unfortunately, the result of this patronizing and destructive attitude will be the death of the two-state solution.
From patronizing and condescending, the Third Estate, as all the world knows, speedily became aggressive and arbitrary.Caricature and Other Comic Art|James Parton.
So he assessed the splendidly budding Laurencine, patronizing her a little.The Roll-Call|Arnold Bennett
She made a neat little courtesy before each of them, to which they responded with patronizing nods.Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
"It's a pity you're a girl, Ellen," with the patronizing air of a youth of nineteen.Donald McElroy, Scotch Irishman|Willie Walker Caldwell
Mr. Topman paused for a moment, threw himself back in his chair, and cast a patronizing glance at Hanz.The Von Toodleburgs|F. Colburn Adams