patronizing Definition

  • 1displaying or indicative of an offensively condescending manner
  • 2to treat someone as if they are less intelligent or knowledgeable than oneself

Using patronizing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "patronizing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He spoke to her in a slow, patronizing voice.

  • Example

    I hate the way he's always patronizing me and acting like he knows more than I do.

  • Example

    She gave him a patronizing smile and said, 'That's nice, dear.'

patronizing Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for patronizing

Antonyms for patronizing

Phrases with patronizing

  • a condescending or superior manner of treating someone


    His patronizing attitude towards his colleagues made him very unpopular.

  • a way of speaking that suggests that the speaker is better or more intelligent than the listener


    She used a patronizing tone when she explained the concept to him.

  • actions that show a lack of respect for someone by treating them as if they are inferior


    Her patronizing behavior towards her subordinates made it difficult for her to gain their respect.

Origins of patronizing

from patronize, meaning 'to act as a patron to; support or sponsor; to be a customer of; frequent', from Old French 'patroniser', from 'patron', meaning 'patron'


Summary: patronizing in Brief

The term 'patronizing' [ˈpeɪtrənaɪzɪŋ] describes a manner that is condescending or superior, often treating someone as if they are less intelligent or knowledgeable. It can be seen in phrases like 'patronizing attitude,' 'tone,' and 'behavior,' and is exemplified by 'He spoke to her in a slow, patronizing voice.' Synonyms include 'condescending,' 'superior,' and 'disdainful,' while antonyms include 'humble' and 'respectful.'

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