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patronizing (adj.)

"ostentatiously superior and condescendingly favorable," by 1806, present-participle adjective from patronize. In 18c. generally in a more positive sense, "act as a patron to, support and encourage." Related: Patronizingly.

updated on May 08, 2020

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Definitions of patronizing from WordNet

patronizing (adj.)
(used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension;
Synonyms: arch / condescending / patronising
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