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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.
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.
She lauded the Federal Government for patronising local content in handling some of the ongoing projects of rehabilitation of roads in the state.
How patronising, even though he probably did not intend to be.
After a recitation of some verses from the Holy Quran, the Royal Defence Force Training Centre Commander gave a speech in which he welcomed the BDF Commander-in-Chief, thanking him for patronising the graduation ceremony and constant support to the centre.
Speaking during Communities and Local Government questions in the House of Commons, the MP said: "Will this Government stop patronising the North?
Quigley said: "It's a bit patronising because if I can recall one of the last All-Ireland quarter-finals that Jim McGuinness was in (against Mayo in 2013) they got beaten by 16 or 17 points.
Nicola Dinnage from Stevenage, said: "I think it's silly and I think it's patronising.
THE "Heroine of Hackney" yesterday pulled out of the race to be Liberal Democrat president, claiming members are racist and patronising.