Definition of patronizing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English also -ising) adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpætrənaɪzɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪtrənaɪzɪŋ//
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showing that you think you are better or more intelligent than somebody else synonym superior a patronizing smile I was only trying to explain; I didn't want to sound patronizing.Extra examples I found his tone rather patronizing. He adopted a rather patronizing attitude towards his younger colleagues. He was always rather patronizing towards Anne. Her tone was concerned but not patronizing. I didn’t mean to sound patronizing.
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