Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Betokening the condescension of a patron; condescendingly or superciliously favorable: as, a patronizing smile. Also spelled patronising.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Showing condescending favor; assuming the manner of airs of a superior toward another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective offensively condescending
  • verb Present participle of patronize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

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Examples

  • Third, "patronizing" is an understandable complaint but I do have honest respect and admiration for most people at TT.

    A Pat on the Back for Matzke

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • We are pioneering both tours and academic seminars to the Middle East and beyond, where we specialize in patronizing small businesses with a reputation for fair wages.

    Marc Gopin: Imagining Peace: The Practical Advantages of an Israeli/Palestinian Final Settlement

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

  • My messages were aimed at warning other locals of the dangers inherent in patronizing that parking lot so that readers would be on the alert at all times there and, if they are smarter than I was, accept no help of any kind from anyone.

    Secure Parking Lots

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