pa·tron·iz·ing | \ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ, ˈpa-\

Definition of patronizing 

: showing or characterized by a superior attitude towards others : marked by condescension patronizing comments No more endearing is his patronizing jocularity …— Marilyn Stasio They say that by continuing to focus solely on the winners, historians have been as patronizing to their subjects as the colonialists themselves.— Ethan Bronner … without being patronizing, she helps her Maasai friends with everything from land disputes to school problems.The New Yorker

Other Words from patronizing

patronizingly \ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ-lē, ˈpa- \ adverb
Throughout the evening, we've watched Stein alternate between patronizingly taking the students to task for their ignorance and spinning hilariously self-serving tales about his own accomplishments and famous friends. — Elisabeth Vincentelli
patronizingness noun
… behaved with an uncertain mixture of sympathy, patronizingness and control. — Anna Grimshaw

First Known Use of patronizing

1827, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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