patronizing

adjective pa·tron·iz·ing \ ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ , ˈpa- \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

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

patronizingly

play \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



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