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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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- 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.
How to use patronizing in a sentence
These blind spots can make the album’s appeal to just relax and go outside feel a little patronizing at times.Lorde’s ‘Solar Power’ Is All About Reconnecting with Nature|smurguia|August 25, 2021|Outside Online
Members of the royal family—including the tsar’s rather bohemian favorite uncle, the aforementioned Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich Romanov—began patronizing temperance.Tsar Nicolas II Thought Vodka Was Hurting Russians—But Banning It Helped Destroy His Empire|Mark Lawrence Schrad|July 20, 2021|Time
The sales tax factors in big too, Gin said, since visitors and tourists normally would be patronizing restaurants and shops.Tech Is Rising and Tourism Is Tanking, But San Diego Still Banks on the Latter|Ramin Skibba|March 26, 2021|Voice of San Diego
He said Moscow would ignore the patronizing statements of Western leaders on the case.Russian opposition leader Navalny ordered jailed, calls on supporters to keep pressure on Putin|Isabelle Khurshudyan, Robyn Dixon|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
Mehta was himself accused of highhandedness at times, notably in a 1989 article in the satirical magazine Spy, in which former assistants described him as patronizing and domineering.Ved Mehta, whose monumental autobiography explored life in India, dies at 86|Harrison Smith|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
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
Many commenters found her essay less empowering and more patronizing.Is ‘Magic: The Gathering’ Immune to GamerGate Misogyny?|David Levesley|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among the explorers, a state of mind developed that was patronizing and paternalistic.
We will gladly continue patronizing those stores, but will not be taking our rifles.
Or they might stop patronizing Starbucks and start patronizing a hipster java upstart like Stumptown.Buying a Gift Card Is Really Making a Free Loan to Big Business|Daniel Gross|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hence we find them frequently patronizing "mediums" and fortune tellers of various kinds.Gospel Philosophy|J. H. Ward
His merit was his patriotism, and his patronizing such men as Burke, and bringing them into influence.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
Even masters entering through the swinging doors seemed glad to pass beyond the range of the heroes' patronizing contemplation.Sinister Street, vol. 1|Compton Mackenzie
She was getting impatient of their patronizing laughter, as if she were a child.Wayside Courtships|Hamlin Garland
To him, despite his well-exploited and patronizing devotion to them, the lower animals are disgustingly low.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London