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Adj.1.patronising - (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescensionpatronising - (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
superior - of or characteristic of high rank or importance; "a superior ruler"
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(ˈpeitrən) noun
1. a person who supports (often with money) an artist, musician, writer, form of art etc. He's a patron of the arts.
2. a (regular) customer of a shop etc. The manager said that he knew all his patrons.
patronage (ˈpӕtrənidʒ) , ((American) ˈpei-) noun
the support given by a patron.
ˈpatronize, ˈpatronise (ˈpӕ-) , ((American) ˈpei-) verb
1. to behave towards (someone) in a way which is kind and friendly but which nevertheless shows that one thinks oneself to be more important, clever etc than that person. He's a nice fellow but he does patronize his assistants.
2. to visit (a shop, theatre, society etc) regularly. That's not a shop I patronize nowadays.
ˈpatronizing, ˈpatronising adjective
ˈpatronizingly, ˈpatronisingly adverb
patron saint
a saint who protects a particular person, group of people, country etc. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.
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He spoke with a patronising and at the same time a timid air, as though he sought to assume an importance which he did not feel.
When he discovered the details of Philip's education his manner became more patronising still.
You didn't cry because I seemed to be kind of patronising? I truly didn't mean to be," cried Rose, delighted.
As for patronising, you may walk on me if you want to, and I won't mind," said Phebe, in a burst of gratitude, for the words, "we are sisters" went straight to her lonely heart and nestled there.
Then the Barnacles felt that they for their parts would have done with the Meagleses when the present patronising occasion was over; and the Meagleses felt the same for their parts.
He is remarkably handsome, but excessively affected and patronising, especially to us Americans; and I hope to have a chance of biting his head off before long.
Reading the letters page I am at least annoyed by the patronising and insulting tone of some of the pompous letters.
HH Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak expressed delight at patronising the event, noting that BTC was established within the initiatives of the Education and Training Development Project, which was launched in 2008 as part of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's Reform Project.
He also said that they should avoid patronising quacks in the medical laboratory profession.
How patronising, even though he probably did not intend to be.
Mr Sheerman urged the Government to "stop patronising" people over its Northern Powerhouse project.