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patronizing or patronising (ˈpætrəˌnaɪzɪŋ Pronunciation for )

Definitions

adjective

  1. having a superior manner; condescending

Derived Forms

ˈpatronˌizingly, ˈpatronˌisingly adverb

patronize or patronise (ˈpætrəˌnaɪz Pronunciation for )

Definitions

verb

  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, ˈpatronˌiser noun

Synonyms

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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'

Fresh from this meeting, when the Generalisimo met the Portuguese Ambassador, Pereira, later in the day, his tone was patronizing.
Preston, Paul Franco
His tone of voice, so patronizing , so self-righteous, filled her with rage.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
One upset resident sitting in the bleachers accused officials of patronizing the townsfolk.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
The Harel women, all three generations of them, were very obviously still patronizing Miss Blanche.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
Their gaiety was infectious, and I mentally ticked myself off for my patronizing response to the club.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
Which sitcom psychologist could be seen during the opening credits of each episode patronizing the Chicago Transit Authority?
Ottawa Sun (2003)

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