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Definitions of patronizing

patronizing or or patronising (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ )



  1. having a superior manner; condescending

Derived Forms

ˈpatronˌizingly, or ˈpatronˌisingly  adverb


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= condescending, superior, stooping, lofty, gracious, contemptuous, haughty, snobbish, disdainful, supercilious, toffee-nosed (slang) (mainly British)

patronize or or patronise (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz )



  1. to behave or treat in a condescending way
  2. (transitive) to act as a patron or patroness by sponsoring or bringing trade to

Derived Forms

ˈpatronˌizer, or ˈpatronˌiser  noun


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= talk down to, look down on, treat as inferior, treat like a child, be lofty with, treat condescendingly
= be a customer or client of, deal with, frequent, buy from, trade with, shop at, do business with

Translations for 'patronizing'

  • British English: patronizing If someone is patronizing, they speak or behave towards you in a way that seems friendly, but which shows that they think they are superior to you. ADJECTIVEThe tone of the interview was unnecessarily patronizing .
  • Brazilian Portuguese: condescendente
  • Chinese: 屈尊的
  • European Spanish: condescendiente
  • French: condescendant condescendante
  • German: herablassend
  • Italian: condiscendente
  • Japanese: 人を見下した
  • Korean: 은근히 깔보는
  • Portuguese: condescendente
  • Spanish: condescendiente

Example Sentences Including 'patronizing'

His tone of voice, so patronizing , so self-righteous, filled her with rage.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
Their gaiety was infectious, and I mentally ticked myself off for my patronizing response to the club.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
The Harel women, all three generations of them, were very obviously still patronizing Miss Blanche.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird


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