pa·​tron·​iz·​ing | \ ˈpā-trə-ˌnī-ziŋ How to pronounce patronizing (audio) , 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 How to pronounce patronizingly (audio) , 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

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Patronizing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of patronizing

disapproving : showing that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people

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