: showing or characterized by a superior attitude towards others : marked by condescension
- 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
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.
… behaved with an uncertain mixture of sympathy, patronizingness and control.