Adjective "patronizing" definition and examples

(Patronizing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Treat with an apparent kindness which betrays a feeling of superiority.
  1. 'All are born aristocrats, and their bearing is dignified, even though at times it is also a tiny bit arrogant and patronizing.'
  2. 'My voice was patronizing, and Ben turned and glared at me.'
  3. 'These last shots betray a sentimentality and patronizing attitude inherent in the film's setting.'
  4. 'Other times a high level of support is intrusive and patronising.'
  5. 'Despite the superior and patronizing tone of his voice, there was a deep concern.'
  6. 'Apparently 72% of people have found letters from some organisations so patronising, insulting, confusing and full of jargon that they have cut all ties with them.'
  7. 'Is my sympathy condescending and patronizing?'
  8. 'They often display snobbish, disdainful or patronizing attitudes.'
  9. 'She listened to their complaints and she offered some criticism of her own but she was never patronizing or condescending.'
  10. 'This paternalistic idea is patronising to many hardworking families who make a myriad of complicated choices every day.'
Frequent (a shop, restaurant, or other establishment) as a customer.
  1. 'Consumers can help, too, by patronising their local shops and shunning the multiples.'
  2. 'Sponsorships like these keep the store's name firmly in the minds of local bowhunters and motivate them to patronize the store.'
  3. 'If employees don't patronize the stores, then it's difficult to see how they can expect customers to do so.'
  4. 'I like to patronise local restaurants as well as ones that are exotic and new.'
  5. 'People who do not travel into cities to work are much less likely to patronize restaurants, theatres and shops.'
  6. 'Man, if I lived in San Francisco, I'd be patronizing his shop daily.'
  7. 'He said two types of consumers patronize dollar stores.'
  8. 'Do locals not have rights to patronize establishments in their own country?'
  9. 'They run the neighborhood restaurants, bicycle stores, and flower shops you patronize.'
  10. 'This is a great time to patronize your local shops, too, they'll be liquidating as well.'
  11. 'she patronizes worthy causes'
  12. 'While artists working in cities had their own studios, provincial painters were usually itinerants and sometimes lived with the families who patronized them.'
  13. 'Those who did not go this far might nevertheless insure their souls and those of their family by founding or patronizing a religious community.'
  14. 'He promoted and patronised the artists in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood hoping they might provide a new and noble British Art.'
  15. 'He was patronized by the Pisani family and he was the official portrait painter to the Venetian academy.'
  16. 'Members create, finance and patronize the cooperative.'
  17. 'The organisers wish to thank all who patronised the event.'

More definitions

1. displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner: a patronizing greeting, accompanied by a gentle pat on the pack.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be patronizing on occasions."

"people can be patronizing."

"ways can be patronizing."

"tones can be patronizing."

"smiles can be patronizing."

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